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Sep 11, 2009

Russia gymnast Kanayeva captures fourth gold at worlds

Beijing Olympic champion Yevgeniya Kanayeva of Russia won the ball and ribbon events Thursday to take her gold medal tally to four at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. Kanayeva earned 28.575 points in the final of the ball event and scored 28.000 for her ...

Nov 11, 2008

Tomita acknowledges effects of age

Hiroyuki Tomita said Monday he has decided to retire because his body can no longer perform the eye-catching gymnastics that made him an all-around world champion. “Every year I feel like I am going more downhill,” said the all-around 2005 world champion, who helped ...

Nov 9, 2008

Gymnast Tomita plans to retire

Gymnast Hiroyuki Tomita, a former all-around world champion who helped Japan to the team gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, has decided to retire, gymnastics sources said Saturday. Tomita, 27, is expected to begin a coaching career after making his final appearance as a ...

Nov 2, 2008

Uchimura earns first national title

JOETSU, Niigata Pref. (Kyodo) Gymnast Kohei Uchimura, the men’s all-around silver medalist at the Beijing Olympics, showed a solid overall performance to win his first national championship crown on Saturday. The 19-year-old Uchimura racked up the highest scores in the floor exercises and pommel ...

Oct 31, 2008

Gymnast Kashima to call it quits

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 ...