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Kato, Douglas reign supreme at American Cup meet

Mar 6, 2016

Kato, Douglas reign supreme at American Cup meet

Ryohei Kato and reigning Olympic women’s all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas of the United States won titles at the American Cup invitational gymnastics meet in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday. Kato, who helped Japan to last year’s world team title in Glasgow and the silver ...

Feb 25, 2016

Gymnast Maroney steps away from competition

Want to impress McKayla Maroney? Don’t say she’s “retiring.” The two-time Olympic medalist said in an interview with gymnastics podcast Gymcastic released Wednesday that she’s stepping away from competition but not “retiring” from the sport. “I don’t want anybody to think that McKayla is ...

'Shirai 3' new flip application to be filed

Dec 12, 2015

'Shirai 3' new flip application to be filed

World floor exercise champion Kenzo Shirai pulled off a new technique Saturday, with the Japan Gymnastics Association set to apply for accreditation of what will likely be named the “Shirai 3” to the International Federation of Gymnastics. The 19-year-old Shirai produced a double-backward somersault ...

Gymnastics superhero Uchimura continues to amaze

Nov 2, 2015

Gymnastics superhero Uchimura continues to amaze

Kohei Uchimura is no fan of “noisy arenas,” so the Japanese superhero should invest in some heavy-duty earplugs when he heads to Rio next August bidding to become the first gymnast in more than 40 years to win back-to-back Olympic all-around titles. The all-conquering ...

Shirai claims gold in men's floor exercise

Nov 1, 2015

Shirai claims gold in men's floor exercise

Kenzo Shirai picked up his second gold medal in men’s floor exercise and Russia’s Maria Paseka earned a gold on women’s vault at the world gymnastics championships on Saturday. Shirai’s score of 16.233 beat silver medalist Max Whitlock of Britain by more than half ...

'King Kohei' wins 6th world title

Oct 31, 2015

'King Kohei' wins 6th world title

This isn’t about history for Kohei Uchimura. This is about national pride, the perpetual chase of perfection and respect for his own considerable gifts. Whether the Japanese star is the greatest male gymnast ever remains up for debate, though perhaps not for much longer. ...

Biles captures all-around title again

Oct 30, 2015

Biles captures all-around title again

Simone Biles is human. The proof came halfway through her beam routine at the World Gymnastics Championships Thursday night, when a front flip ended with Biles reaching forward and squeezing the piece of wood as hard as she could with both hands. Twenty minutes ...

Japan ends 37-year wait for world gymnastics gold

Oct 29, 2015

Japan ends 37-year wait for world gymnastics gold

Japan claimed men’s team gold for the first time in 37 years amid high drama at the World Gymnastics Championships on Wednesday. Five-time world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura and teammate Yusuke Tanaka both fell off the final apparatus, the high bar, but the Japanese ...

Oct 28, 2015

Japan women's gymnastics team finishes fifth at worlds

Japan finished fifth in the women’s team event at the world gymnastics championships in Glasgow on Tuesday. The Japanese team, sixth in the qualifiers, scored a total of 169.887 points on the four apparatus of vault, uneven bars, beam and floor, improving from an ...

Japan clinches berth for Rio Olympics

Oct 27, 2015

Japan clinches berth for Rio Olympics

Defending men’s all-around champion Kohei Uchimura powered Japan ahead of archrival China to lead qualifying and book its ticket to the 2016 Olympics at the world championships on Monday. Led by Uchimura and newcomer Kazuma Kaya, the Japanese men qualified for Wednesday’s team final ...

Japan men's gymnasts top team qualification

Oct 26, 2015

Japan men's gymnasts top team qualification

Japan narrowly topped fierce gymnastics rival China in the first day of qualification for the men’s team event at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships on Sunday in Glasgow, all but securing a place in the final and more importantly a slot at next year’s ...