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Japanese Men, Chinese Women Win Japan Cup
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The Japanese men and Chinese women pulled off victories Saturday at the Japan Cup in Tokyo.


2008 Olympic all-around silver medalist Kohei Uchimura led his team to victory Saturday at the Japan Cup in Tokyo.

Led by new star Kohei Uchimura, Japan defeated China, 275.500-273.850. Uchimura, the 2008 Olympic all-around silver medalist, competed five events, earning the highest score of the night on floor exercise (15.850).

China's team included world and Olympic champions Chen Yibing (16.200 on still rings) and Teng Haibin. The team's best efforts came on still rings and parallel bars, the only events it outscored Japan.

A German team with four Olympians earned the bronze (266.800), outscoring Russia by .650. European champion Fabian Hambüchen competed all six events (91.250) with a top score of 16.100 on high bar. Germany earned the highest team total of the night on floor exercise.

Korea placed fifth over the U.S., 260.400-258.550.

In the women's competition, China narrowly defeated Russia by one tenth of a point (171.200-171.100), with the host nation winning the bronze. Olympic champion He Kexin's 16.250 was the high mark of the competition, but China counted low third scores on balance beam (12.650) and floor exercise (12.900) from Zhang Jing. Olympic alternate Xiao Sha led all competitors with 57.600, with the top score on beam (15.550).

2008 Junior European champion Tatiana Nabiyeva (57.700) led Russia, scoring 15.150 on uneven bars with a new transition (Ray with a half).

The Japanese women outscored Australia for the bronze medal, 166.500-159.850. Olympic beam finalist Koko Tsurumi was the top individual (56.550), and helped Japan earn the highest team total on balance beam.

The Tokyo Cup competition concludes Sunday with the all-around finals.

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