• Kyodo


Japanese gymnast Mayu Kuroda became the first Japanese in 16 years to earn a spot in an apparatus final at the world championships after finishing sixth in the qualifying round of the uneven bars against solid competition on Wednesday.

Kuroda, a 16-year-old who is making her world championship debut, collected 9.437 points to book her place in the uneven bars final contested by the top eight finishers in the qualifying round.

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