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With “King” Kohei Uchimura having stepped down there will be a new Olympic all-around men’s gymnastics champion crowned at the Tokyo Games on Wednesday, with Russia, Japan and China set for a royal rumble to decide who claims the sport’s most prized title.

Olympic all-around champion in 2012 and 2016, Uchimura chose not to defend his title in Tokyo leaving Japan’s hopes resting with his young heir apparent, 19-year-old Daiki Hashimoto, who underscored his credentials by posting the top marks in Saturday’s qualification round.

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