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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 joins ...

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 0.100 ...

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 another ...

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 Janeiro ...

/ 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 all-around ...

/ 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 my limits ...

/ 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 Rio ...

/ 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 retiring," Maroney ...

'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 triple-twisting ...

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 gymnast, ...

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 later, ...