Japan men defend gymnastics title

Kyodo News

Japan claimed its second consecutive title in the men’s gymnastics team event at the 2010 Japan Cup on Saturday.

With Kohei Uchimura leading the way, the host scored 276.100 points to finish ahead of runnerup Germany, which trailed by 9.200 in the eight-nation competition at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The United States came third with 265.400.

Beijing Olympic champion China is not competing in the two-day meet.

In the women’s team event, Japan, centering on Koko Tsurumi, had to settle for second behind powerhouse Russia, which won the title with a total of 173.850. The host collected 169.850 while South Korea took third with 150.650.