Shirai takes bronze in vault with new trick

Aug 16, 2016

Shirai takes bronze in vault with new trick

Kenzo Shirai successfully performed a new trick in the men’s vault final at the Rio Olympics on Monday en route to taking home Japan’s first medal on the apparatus in 32 years. Shirai scored 15.449 points after two clean vaults for bronze, finishing behind ...

'King Kohei' already looking to Tokyo 2020

Aug 9, 2016

'King Kohei' already looking to Tokyo 2020

“King Kohei” Uchimura had just won team gold, but the Japanese star was already plotting the title defense at his home Olympics in Tokyo 2020. The 27-year-old looked more exhausted than elated as he walked off the floor after sealing Japan’s first Olympic team ...

Japan overcomes errors to reach men's gymnastics team final

Aug 7, 2016

Japan overcomes errors to reach men's gymnastics team final

Japan’s male gymnasts secured a place in the team final at the Rio Olympics despite some error-prone performances in Saturday’s qualifying, but Kohei Uchimura missed the cut for the horizontal bar final after an uncharacteristic fall. Uchimura, the reigning Olympic and world men’s all-around ...

Uchimura, teammates acclimate themselves to Rio Olympic Arena

Aug 5, 2016

Uchimura, teammates acclimate themselves to Rio Olympic Arena

Reigning Olympic and world men’s all-around champion Kohei Uchimura shrugged off an error-strewn team workout after Japan’s men’s gymnasts trained for the first time Wednesday at the main competition venue ahead of the Rio Olympics. Uchimura fell twice on landings while practicing the floor ...

Shirai locks up place on Olympic gymnastics team

Jun 5, 2016

Shirai locks up place on Olympic gymnastics team

Floor specialist Kenzo Shirai will make his first Olympic journey this summer to Rio de Janeiro as he secured his place along with Yusuke Tanaka and Koji Yamamuro on Sunday following the national apparatus championships, which serve as Japan’s final qualifying event. The trio ...

'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 ...

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 ...

Shirai shines at Asian gymnastics championships

Aug 2, 2015

Shirai shines at Asian gymnastics championships

Kenzo Shirai bagged an individual gold and a silver at the Asian gymnastics championships on Sunday. Shirai, who followed his 2013 floor exercise world championship with a silver last year, took gold in the discipline with 16.450 points at Hiroshima Prefectural Gymnasium and silver ...