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Gymnast Kashima to call it quits

Kyodo News

Gymnast Takehiro Kashima, who helped his country win gold and silver medals in the men’s team event at the last two Olympic Games, will retire to begin a coaching career, people close to him said Thursday.

The 28-year-old Kashima, also a former pommel horse and horizontal bar world champion, will make his final appearance as a competitive gymnast at the Toyota international meet to be held Nov. 15-16 in Aichi Prefecture.