AGU Japanese National Report

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The Asian Gymnastics Union today released a report on the Japanese Nationals which saw two time world champion Kohei Uchimura upgrade his difficulty on both vault and bars. This was an important event, the report states that it had two important meanings, 1) it was a test event for the coming World Championships in October 2) it was the final Universiades trials for women.  84 male gymnasts and 84 female gymnasts competed on the first day and of these 42 men and 24 women proceeded to the second day.Wow, that’s a lot!

 

The two-time world champion, Kohei Uchimura, who graduated from Nittaidai University (Nippon Sports Science University) and is now a member of the Konami team, led the men’s competition for two days to win his fourth consecutive title.  He upgraded his floor and vault routine; this made him a bit short of a perfect meet: He had some small mistakes, which were not characteristic for him, but he still had good scores throughout the competition. Finally he won his fourth title over his compatriot, Kenya Kobayashi, by more than 8 points.

Longines 2010 Elegance award winner Rie Tanaka also competed for her first All Around title but unfortunately had a fall on bars. Koko Ysurumi had better luck and defended her title.

Tanaka made a big mistake on uneven bars; she fell after her Malony on the first day, which eventually cost her the title.  Tsurumi, in contrast, had a near-perfect meet without a big mistake and won her sixth consecutive title since 2005, which was the first-ever in Japanese gymnastics history, not only for men but also for women. She upgraded her routine on uneven bars and changed not only her routine but also her music and choreography on floor. She overcame her disappointing results last year and regained her confidence. The 2008 Olympian and two-time World Championship competitor, Yuko Shintake, finished in third place over veteran Kyoko Oshima.

Read the full report here from the AGU.

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