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Tsurumi, Uchimura Win Tokyo Worlds Warm-Up
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Japanese champions Koko Tsurumi and Kohei Uchimura won the all-around titles Sunday as the Japan Cup concluded in Tokyo, where the 2011 World Championships will take place in October. Pictured: Uchimura flanked by runner-up Liao Qiuhua (China) and bronze medalist Danell Leyva (U.S.).

Koko Tsurumi and Kohei Uchimura won the all-around titles Sunday as the Japan Cup concluded in Tokyo in the same venue that will host this year's world championships.

The host team's national champions both led the competition from start to finish.


Koko Tsurumi (Japan) on floor exercise during Sunday's Japan Cup

Tsurumi won the Japan Cup title for the first time, outscoring China's Yao Jinnan and Sui Lu.

"I decided to get up the courage to perform four events even if I fell today," Tsurumi said. "It went well. The Chinese gymnasts excel in the quality of their technique. I want to be like China's gymnasts, in even the smallest way."

Tsurumi took her highest score on uneven bars (14.900), but said she was very pleased with her performance on floor exercise (13.750).

"About floor exercise, today I did well for the first time this season," she said. "But I think I'm unstable on floor. I want to perform with sharpness like the Chinese."

Sui lost the title with a fall on balance beam, scoring only 13.700 compared with her 15.050 in Saturday's team competition. The 2010 Asian Games champion again had the top mark on floor exercise (14.700). Sui said she was using the competition as a warm-up for October's world championships, which take place in the same venue.

"Today was not too bad," she said. "I made a big mistake, but I came into this competition as practice for the world championships. We want to get the gold medal in the team final in Tokyo."

Uchimura performed six avents with almost perfect precision, taking his third straight Japan Cup by nearly 4 points ahead of China's Liao Qiuhua. American Danell Leyva won the bronze.

"I performed without big mistakes, so I'm happy with the results of this competition," Uchimura said. "But now it is far from my ideal."

The two-time world champion said he was thrilled to hear his national anthem for the second day in a row.

"It is very nice that every day Japan's national anthem is played and Japan's national flag is raised in the center," he said. "I hope it goes the same way at the Olympic Games."

External Link: Japan Gymnastics Association

3rd Tokyo Cup
July 3, 2011, Tokyo

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Koko Tsurumi 13.550 14.900 13.900 13.750 56.100
2. Sui Lu 13.550 14.050 13.700 14.700 56.000
3. Yao Jinnan 14.300 14.650 13.150 13.200 55.300
4. Lauren Mitchell 13.800 12.550 14.150 13.250 53.750
5. Mary Anne Monckton 13.650 12.950 13.350 13.000 52.950
6. Rie Tanaka 12.800 14.300 12.250 13.350 52.700
7. Dominique Pegg 13.900 13.500 11.650 13.600 52.650
8. Eum Eun Hui 13.650 13.000 11.150 12.350 50.150
9. Park Ji Yeon 13.250 13.200 10.950 12.400 49.800
10. Jessica Savona 13.450 0.000 0.000 0.000 13.450

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Kohei Uchimura 15.800 15.050 15.100 16.300 15.250 15.650 93.150
2. Liao Qiuhua 14.100 14.800 15.050 16.050 15.050 14.450 89.500
3. Danell Leyva 14.950 13.500 14.450 16.050 15.250 15.000 89.200
4. Kenya Kobayashi 13.950 14.600 15.100 14.950 14.800 14.600 88.000
5. Kristian Thomas 14.950 14.000 14.000 15.750 13.950 14.700 87.350
6. Huang Yuguo 15.350 13.950 13.800 14.750 14.650 13.300 85.800
6. Pierre-Yves Beny 13.650 13.850 14.750 14.650 14.950 13.950 85.800
8. Daniel Keatings 14.750 13.850 13.450 15.400 13.750 14.000 85.200
9. Jayd Lukenchuk 14.500 13.550 14.250 15.550 14.350 12.950 85.150
10. Hamilton Sabot 14.400 13.750 13.950 14.500 14.850 13.600 85.050
11. Jonathan Horton 14.450 12.850 14.750 15.650 14.500 12.500 84.700
12. Jackson Payne 14.550 13.650 14.100 14.550 14.600 12.950 84.400
13. Ha Chang Ju 11.750 14.700 13.550 15.650 13.700 13.800 83.150
14. Shek Wai Hung 13.000 12.750 13.400 15.950 13.350 14.100 82.550
15. Poon Chun Kit 12.200 9.500 9.150 13.050 11.200 11.600 66.700
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Chelsey said:

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Sui Lu seems confident about making the worlds team smilies/smiley.gif
 
July 03, 2011
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rabee said:

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What happened to Jessica Savona?
 
July 04, 2011
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