More Sports / Gymnastics Aug 30, 2019

Mai Murakami to retire after 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Mai Murakami, the first Japanese woman to earn an all-around silver medal at a world championships, revealed Thursday she will retire from competition after next year's Tokyo Olympics. "The only thing on my mind is giving it my all until Tokyo, when I will make ...

Mai Murakami finishes third at American Cup

More Sports / Gymnastics Mar 3, 2019

Mai Murakami finishes third at American Cup

Mai Murakami finished third on Saturday in the women's all-around competition at the American Cup, a tournament on the FIG World Cup series. Murakami scored 55.732 points in the competition, at Greensboro Coliseum Complex, won by American 15-year-old Leanne Wong, who was making her debut ...

Horizontal bar silver for Kohei Uchimura at worlds

More Sports / Gymnastics Nov 4, 2018

Horizontal bar silver for Kohei Uchimura at worlds

Kohei Uchimura missed out on the men's horizontal bar gold Saturday as Japan finished without any individual apparatus titles at the artistic gymnastics world championships. The 29-year-old, who was aiming for his first world title in three years, earned a silver medal — his 21st ...

Murakami gets silver in all-around at worlds

More Sports / Gymnastics Nov 2, 2018

Murakami gets silver in all-around at worlds

Mai Murakami finished second in the women's individual all-around competition at the World Gymnastics Championships on Thursday, earning Japan its first-ever silver medal in the category. Murakami accrued 55.798 points to place second behind reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles of the United States, who won ...

Female gymnasts fall short of 2020 berth

More Sports / Gymnastics Oct 31, 2018

Female gymnasts fall short of 2020 berth

Japan finished sixth in the women's all-around team event at the world artistic gymnastics championships on Tuesday, failing to clinch a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Japan, led by 2017 floor world champion Mai Murakami, scored a total of 160.262 for sixth. The United ...

Mai Murakami defends NHK Cup title

More Sports / Gymnastics May 19, 2018

Mai Murakami defends NHK Cup title

Mai Murakami put herself in pole position for a spot at this year's world championships on Saturday, when she won the women's NHK Cup overall competition for the second straight year. Murakami, who started the day with 112.398 points from April's national championships, added another ...

The top sports stories of 2017

General Dec 28, 2017

The top sports stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected these domestic sports stories as the most important of 2017. 1. Fall from grace: Yokozuna Harumafuji retired from sumo to take responsibility for assaulting fellow wrestler Takanoiwa at a restaurant in Tottori. Takanoiwa was left with a fractured skull and ...