Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

Jul 6, 2016

Analysts feel Japan could make big leap in Rio

The uncertainty around Russia’s Olympic buildup means Japan and other countries could be in a position to make a significant jump on the medal table at next month’s Rio Olympics, according to a group of analysts. With Russia’s normally successful athletics competitors soon to ...

Uchimura extends NHK Cup title streak to eight

May 5, 2016

Uchimura extends NHK Cup title streak to eight

Reigning Olympic and world all-around gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura won his eighth consecutive NHK Cup on Thursday. As usual, Uchimura was in a league of his own, totaling 184.650 points to finish comfortably ahead of Ryohei Kato (180.100), who beat Yusuke Tanaka by just ...

Gymnast Uchimura claims ninth straight national title

Apr 3, 2016

Gymnast Uchimura claims ninth straight national title

Six-time all-around world champion gymnast Kohei Uchimura won a record-extending ninth consecutive national championship on Sunday, although he did not have the best of days as he made numerous mistakes. Uchimura, who will be looking to defend his all-around crown at the Rio de ...

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 ...

'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. ...

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 ...

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 ...