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Uchimura extends NHK Cup title streak to eight

Reigning Olympic and world all-around gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura won his eighth consecutive NHK Cup on Thursday. As usual, Uchimura was in a league of his own, totaling 184.650 points to finish comfortably ahead of Ryohei Kato (180.100), who beat Yusuke Tanaka by just 0.100 to punch his ticket to ...

Gymnast Uchimura claims ninth straight national title

Apr 3, 2016

Gymnast Uchimura claims ninth straight national title

Six-time all-around world champion gymnast Kohei Uchimura won a record-extending ninth consecutive national championship on Sunday, although he did not have the best of days as he made numerous mistakes. Uchimura, who will be looking to defend his all-around crown at the Rio de ...

Apr 3, 2016

Russia's top gymnast fails drug test

Russia’s best male gymnast could miss the Olympics after he became the latest to test positive for the banned substance meldonium. Nikolai Kuksenkov withdrew from the national championships after being informed of the failed doping test on Saturday, a day after winning the individual ...

Mar 16, 2016

Former Olympic gold medalist Tsukahara retires

Athens Olympic gold medalist Naoya Tsukahara announced his retirement on Wednesday, saying he leaves gymnastics with no regrets. The 38-year-old Tsukahara, who won a team gold for Japan in 2004, said he hopes to become the best coach in the world. “I was feeling ...

Mar 11, 2016

Athens team gold medalist Tsukahara to retire

Naoya Tsukahara, who helped Japan win the men’s team gymnastics gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, is to retire, a source close to the matter said Friday. Tsukahara, 38, took Australian citizenship in 2013 and had been aiming to compete at this summer’s ...

Kato, Douglas reign supreme at American Cup meet

Mar 6, 2016

Kato, Douglas reign supreme at American Cup meet

Ryohei Kato and reigning Olympic women’s all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas of the United States won titles at the American Cup invitational gymnastics meet in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday. Kato, who helped Japan to last year’s world team title in Glasgow and the silver ...

Feb 25, 2016

Gymnast Maroney steps away from competition

Want to impress McKayla Maroney? Don’t say she’s “retiring.” The two-time Olympic medalist said in an interview with gymnastics podcast Gymcastic released Wednesday that she’s stepping away from competition but not “retiring” from the sport. “I don’t want anybody to think that McKayla is ...

'Shirai 3' new flip application to be filed

Dec 12, 2015

'Shirai 3' new flip application to be filed

World floor exercise champion Kenzo Shirai pulled off a new technique Saturday, with the Japan Gymnastics Association set to apply for accreditation of what will likely be named the “Shirai 3″ to the International Federation of Gymnastics. The 19-year-old Shirai produced a double-backward somersault ...

Gymnastics superhero Uchimura continues to amaze

Nov 2, 2015

Gymnastics superhero Uchimura continues to amaze

Kohei Uchimura is no fan of “noisy arenas,” so the Japanese superhero should invest in some heavy-duty earplugs when he heads to Rio next August bidding to become the first gymnast in more than 40 years to win back-to-back Olympic all-around titles. The all-conquering ...

Shirai claims gold in men's floor exercise

Nov 1, 2015

Shirai claims gold in men's floor exercise

Kenzo Shirai picked up his second gold medal in men’s floor exercise and Russia’s Maria Paseka earned a gold on women’s vault at the world gymnastics championships on Saturday. Shirai’s score of 16.233 beat silver medalist Max Whitlock of Britain by more than half ...

'King Kohei' wins 6th world title

Oct 31, 2015

'King Kohei' wins 6th world title

This isn’t about history for Kohei Uchimura. This is about national pride, the perpetual chase of perfection and respect for his own considerable gifts. Whether the Japanese star is the greatest male gymnast ever remains up for debate, though perhaps not for much longer. ...

Biles captures all-around title again

Oct 30, 2015

Biles captures all-around title again

Simone Biles is human. The proof came halfway through her beam routine at the World Gymnastics Championships Thursday night, when a front flip ended with Biles reaching forward and squeezing the piece of wood as hard as she could with both hands. Twenty minutes ...