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Uchimura, Afanasyeva Take Japan Cup Titles
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World champion Kohei Uchimura (Japan) and 2008 Olympian Ksenia Afanasyeva (Russia) won the Japan Cup all-around titles on Sunday in Tokyo.

All-around medalists Tsurumi (second), Afanasyeva (first) and Mustafina (third)

Uchimura, who led Japan to the team title on Saturday, defended his all-around title from the inaugural Japan Cup in 2009. He earned the highest score of the day on five of the six events, punching the air after nailing the landing on his final event of the day, high bar.

"I couldn't nail my landing on high bar in last year's Japan Cup, but today I did it perfectly," said the 21 year old from Nagasaki. "So I was in seventh heaven!"

Teammate Koji Yamamuro earned the highest score on still rings to take the silver ahead of Korea's Kim Soon Myun.

Russia's David Belyavsky, 18, finished fourth ahead of Britain's Daniel Purvis, who took the second-best score on floor exercise. Reigning European all-around champion Fabian Hambüchen (Germany) finished sixth with a 12.550 on pommel horse.

The 18-year-old Afanasyeva hit all four events to take the all-around title in a smaller women's field. She took the highest scores of the day on vault (double-twisting Yurchenko) and floor exercise (double layout; two whips to triple twist).

"I did all events cleanly, vault in particular," she noted.

Japan's Koko Tsurumi earned second place, with a high of 15.100 on her specialty, uneven bars.

"On vault, I must master a double-twisting Yurchenko in order to win at international competitions," said Tsurumi, the all-around bronze medalist at the 2009 Worlds.

Russia's Aliya Mustafina, second a year ago to China's Huang Qiushuang, finished third after missing beam.

2010 Japan Cup
July 4, Tokyo

Women's All-Around FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Ksenia Afanasyeva14.85014.30014.55014.65058.350
2.Koko Tsurumi13.60015.10014.70014.35057.750
3.Aliya Mustafina14.50014.75013.80014.05057.100
4.Yuko Shintake13.75014.60014.70013.80056.850
5.Joo Jo Hyun 13.40013.45013.45013.55053.850
6.Mee Moon Eun 12.75011.35012.80013.30050.200
7.Do Thi Thu Huyen12.50010.35010.55012.95046.350
8.Phan Thi Ha Thanh13.9005.05011.15013.30043.400

Men's All-Around FinalFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Kohei Uchimura15.75015.05015.40016.05015.25015.95093.450
2.Koji Yamamuro14.85014.75015.85016.00014.85014.80091.100
3.Kim Soo Myon15.05014.75014.60015.85014.55015.05089.850
4.David Belyavsky15.05014.45014.20015.75014.70015.00089.150
5.Daniel Purvis15.65014.50014.30015.85014.55014.10088.950
6.Fabian Hambüchen15.15012.55014.75015.55015.15015.55088.700
7.Marcel Nguyen15.45013.10014.80015.75015.10014.35088.550
8.Igor Pakhomenko14.90014.40014.05015.30014.10014.60087.350
9.Chris Cameron15.00014.55014.80014.20014.50013.90086.950
10.Arnaud Willig14.10013.25014.90015.35014.25015.00086.850
11.Paul Ruggeri15.25011.60013.45015.60014.95015.55086.400
12.Samuel Hunter14.60012.75014.20015.40014.50014.20085.650
13.Ju Ha Chang13.05014.85013.95015.25014.45012.80084.350
14.Andrei Ursache14.45013.50013.85014.85014.20012.50083.350
15.Andrei Muntean13.90012.00014.15014.45013.70014.70082.900
16.Axel Augis13.35012.75013.50015.20012.20013.95080.950

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Mosura said:

So glad that Viet Nam is competing more & more ...
July 05, 2010
Votes: +0

stewie said:

I ponder why the women's field was so small (in terms of #s and different nations) compared to the men ....
July 06, 2010
Votes: +0

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