Japan makes gymnastics team final

Kyodo

Japan advanced to the women’s gymnastics team final at the London Olympics on Sunday, while Asuka Teramoto and Rie Tanaka earned places in the all-around individual final.

Japan placed sixth in the qualification round with a total of 170.196 points at North Greenwich Arena and will seek to improve on its fifth-place finish at the Beijing Olympics in Tuesday’s final.

The United States topped the 12-team field with 181.863, followed by Russia and defending champion China. The 2000 and 2004 Olympic champion Romania placed fourth.

Teramoto and national champion Tanaka went through to the all-around final after taking eighth and 27th, respectively, in the individual rankings. Koko Tsurumi, the 2009 world all-around bronze medalist, also qualified for the uneven bars final.

“I had a really good intensity. I’m glad there were no mistakes overall,” said Teramoto. “Eighth place in the individual all-around is like a dream.”