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May 8, 2013

Uchimura chosen as JOC's top athlete at 2012 London Games

London Olympic men’s all-around gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura was named the Japanese Olympic Committee’s most outstanding athlete of 2012 on Tuesday. Uchimura won the honor for the second straight year following a meeting of the JOC executive board. He became the first Japanese gymnast ...

Jan 9, 2013

Gymnast Misawa gets three-month doping ban

The Japan Anti-Doping Agency handed Beijing Olympic rhythmic gymnast Nara Misawa a three-month suspension on Monday. According to JADA, Misawa tested positive in November at the All-Japan championships for the banned stimulant methylephedrine, which can be found in cold medicine. The 23-year-old Misawa finished ...

Dec 5, 2012

Olympic champ Uchimura's wife expecting first child

Gymnast Kohei Uchimura, who added an Olympic gold medal in the men’s overall competition to his trophy case this summer, announced on Monday that he and his wife are expecting their first child. Uchimura, who has won three consecutive world championship overall gold medals, ...

Uchimura coasts to 5th national gymnastics title

Apr 9, 2012

Uchimura coasts to 5th national gymnastics title

Three-time all-around world champion Kohei Uchimura sent his London Olympic rivals a timely reminder of his mercurial talents on Sunday, capturing his fifth consecutive title at the national all-around gymnastics championships. Dubbed “Japan’s beautiful machine” by German rival Philipp Boy, Uchimura, the only Japanese ...

Nov 28, 2011

Uchimura takes first World Cup title

Three-time all-around world champion Kohei Uchimura outclassed a field of elite gymnasts to capture his first World Cup title Sunday. Uchimura collected 93.565 points for the men’s all-around competition at Ryogoku Kokugikan, finishing 3.467 ahead of runnerup Philipp Boy of Germany, while Daniel Purvis ...

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

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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 ...