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Nov 27, 2011

Minobe places second in World Cup

Gymnast Yu Minobe overcame a slow start to finish second in the women’s all-around event at the World Cup Tokyo meet on Saturday. Minobe, the only competitor from the host country in a field of seven, collected a total of 54.699 points at Ryogoku ...

Uchimura earns second gold medal at worlds

Oct 16, 2011

Uchimura earns second gold medal at worlds

by David Hueston and Dave Hueston

Reigning all-around champion Kohei Uchimura made an encore performance, winning the men’s floor exercise to capture his second gold medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo on Saturday. Uchimura, who became the first gymnast in history to win three consecutive world all-around ...

Oct 6, 2011

Uchimura shrugs off injury worries

Kohei Uchimura is trying to put fitness concerns out of his mind ahead of his quest to become the first gymnast to win three consecutive individual all-around titles at the upcoming world gymnastics championships. The Japanese men’s team rehearsed Wednesday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium ...

Sep 26, 2011

Gymnastics team earns Olympic bid

Japan’s rhythmic gymnastics team punched its ticket for next year’s London Olympics after placing fifth in the all-around event Saturday at the world championships in France. Yuka Endo, Airi Hatakeyama, Rie Matsubara, Nina Saeed Yokota and Kotono Tanaka performed without making any major errors ...

Sep 20, 2011

Sibling trio make gymnastics team

Japanese starlet Rie Tanaka has been named to represent the host country at the upcoming world gymnastics championships along with her older brother Kazuhito and younger brother Yusuke, the Japan Gymnastics Association said Sunday. The association announced a squad of six women — Tanaka, ...

Jul 4, 2011

Uchimura cruises to another title

Double world champion Kohei Uchimura won his third straight men’s all-around title at the Japan Cup with a dominating mark of 93.150 on Sunday. Uchimura had the highest score in all six disciplines, finishing a comfortable 3.650 points ahead of China’s Liao Qiuhua to ...

Uchimura wins third straight NHK Cup

Jun 13, 2011

Uchimura wins third straight NHK Cup

Reigning individual all-around world champion Kohei Uchimura captured his third consecutive NHK Cup title, while Koko Tsurumi achieved the same feat in the women’s event on the final day of action on Sunday. Uchimura collected a winning total of 278.750 points at the meet ...

Jun 12, 2011

Uchimura sets pace at NHK Cup

Reigning gymnastics world champion Kohei Uchimura got off to a flying start in pursuit of his third consecutive NHK Cup title on Saturday, producing the highest score of 92.250 points, despite a fall on the horizontal bar in men’s individual all-around. Uchimura stands in ...

May 24, 2011

Gymnastics worlds to stay in Tokyo

The world gymnastics championships will be hosted by Tokyo this October as originally planned, despite earlier concerns about high radiation levels following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the International Gymnastics Federation said Sunday. The FIG found no scientific basis to call off the ...

Apr 25, 2011

Gymnast Uchimura breezes to title

Reigning all-around world gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura won his fourth consecutive national title in dominant fashion on Sunday. Uchimura scored 94.000 points to post a two-day total of 188.900 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Kenya Kobayashi finished a distant second with 180.750. Uchimura became the ...

Dec 6, 2010

Gymnast Tanaka builds on success

YAMAGUCHI (Kyodo) Asian Games bronze medalist Rie Tanaka won her first national titles at the all-Japan gymnastics championships on Sunday, winning in the vault and the balance beam. Tanaka, the new face for Japanese women’s gymnastics, scored 13.837 points on the vault and 14.075 ...