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Jun 26, 2016

Teramoto leads women's gymnastics team

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 ...

Shirai locks up place on Olympic gymnastics team

Jun 5, 2016

Shirai locks up place on Olympic gymnastics team

Floor specialist Kenzo Shirai will make his first Olympic journey this summer to Rio de Janeiro as he secured his place along with Yusuke Tanaka and Koji Yamamuro on Sunday following the national apparatus championships, which serve as Japan’s final qualifying event. The trio ...

Uchimura extends NHK Cup title streak to eight

May 5, 2016

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 ...

Teramoto takes step toward Rio with NHK Cup triumph

May 4, 2016

Teramoto takes step toward Rio with NHK Cup triumph

Asuka Teramoto took a step toward qualifying for her second successive Olympics after winning the NHK Cup on Wednesday. Teramoto captured the women’s individual all-around title for a second time with 115.050 points. She finished 1.750 ahead of second-place Mai Murakami with Aiko Sugihara ...

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 ...