Veteran Asuka Teramoto will be joined by four teenagers and first-time Olympians in the women’s gymnastics this summer in Rio de Janeiro, the Japan Gymnastics Association announced Saturday.
The 20-year-old Teramoto, who was 11th in the individual all-around at the London Games four years ago, will captain the team, which is aiming to win its first medal since the 1964 Tokyo Games.
The JGA chose seven candidates based on performances from three tournaments and trimmed that field to five through two trials.
Mai Murakami, 19, sixth in the individual all-around in the world championships last year, came top on Saturday with a total score after four apparatus competitions of 57.300 points and booked her ticket. Aiko Sugihara, 16, was second ahead of Teramoto, who was third.
Yuki Uchiyama, 18, and Sae Miyakawa, 16, also booked their tickets, and the JGA’s chief of development, Chieko Tsukamoto, is confident of the team’s potential.
“They are young, vigorous and have a good teamwork. It’s the team with the highest technique abilities we’ve had,” she said.