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Dec 14, 2013

Shirai outpoints Uchimura in floor exercise

Kenzo Shirai, the 17-year-old floor exercise world champion, once more upstaged all-around ace Kohei Uchimura in that event on Saturday at the 2013 Toyota International meet. Shirai nailed his signature “Shirai” and “Shirai 2” maneuvers en route to a score of 16.325 points. The ...

Aihara, decorated Olympic gymnast, dead at 79

Jul 18, 2013

Aihara, decorated Olympic gymnast, dead at 79

Ex-gymnast Nobuyuki Aihara, a double champion at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, has died at the age of 79, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) announced on Thursday. Aihara, who hailed from Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, won gold on the floor exercises in which he excelled ...

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 ...