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Japanese Gymnasts Sweep Toyota Finals
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The host nation swept the remaining events Sunday as the Toyota International concluded, wrapping up a successful year of major events in Japan.

Sunday's women's gold medalists were Asuka Teramoto (balance beam) and Yu Minobe (floor exercise). Teramoto, who won uneven bars Saturday, took the balance beam title with a neat set that included a double turn; Onodi, ff, layout; front aerial, side somi; switch leap, back tuck; triple twist dismount (14.175/5.9 Difficulty).

Minobe, second on beam, won the floor title over Germany's Lisa Katharina Hill and Anja Rheinbay.

Makuto Okiguchi took the gold medal on vault with a triple-twisting Tsukahara (Lopez) and handspring Randi, both 7.0-Difficulty vaults.

On parallel bars, Yusuke Tanaka edged older brother Kazuhito Tanaka, 15.450-15.425. (Sister Rie Tanaka won the silver on vault Saturday.)

World champion Kohei Uchimura, who won the men's floor exercise title Saturday, closed out 2011 with his usual brilliant set that earned 15.775 (7.0 Difficulty), taking just a step on his dismount.

The competition ended the year on a happy note for Japan, which suffered major tragedy in March with the massive earthquake ad tsunami. The country was at risk for losing the world championships due to concern over radiation from damaged nuclear facilities, but staged a successful championships in Tokyo, where Uchimura became the first male gymnast to win a third world all-around crown. In addition to October's worlds, Japan also played host to the Japan Cup in July, International Juniors in September and FIG World Cup in November.

External Link: Japan Gymnastic Association

2011 Toyota Cup
Dec. 11, Toyota, Japan

Balance Beam FinalScore
1.Asuke Teramoto14.175
2.Yu Minobe13.925
3.Lisa Katharina Hill13.025
4.Park Ji Yeon11.825
5.Anja Rheinbay11.550
6.Phan Thi Ha Thanh11.050
7.Kim Ye Eun10.225
8.Choi Nim Yan9.875

Women's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1.Yu Minobe13.650
2.Lisa Katharina Hill12.525
3.Anja Rheinbay12.200
4.Phan Thi Ha Thanh12.125
5.Kim Ye Eun11.875
6.Rie Tanaka11.625

Men's Vault FinalScoreAverage
1.Makoto Okiguchi16.27516.262
2.Nguyen Ha Thanh16.50016.212
3.Koji Yamamuro16.02515.600
4.Jayd Lukenchuk15.47515.362
5.Kim Hee Hoon15.90015.075
6.Jim Man Hin14.20014.662

Parallel Bars FinalScore
1.Yusuke Tanaka15.450
2.Kazuhito Tanaka15.425
3.Kenneth Ikeda14.925
4.Pham Phuoc Hung14.825
5.Jayd Lukenchuk14.625
6.Andreas Bretschneider14.600
7.Robert Weber14.025
8.Nguyen Ha Thanh14.000
9.Ng Kiu Chung12.475
10.Jim Man Hin11.800

High Bar FinalScore
1.Kohei Uchimura15.775
2.Yusuke Tanaka14.450
3.Jayd Lukenchuk14.100
4.Kenneth Ikeda13.250
4.Robert Weber13.250
6.Jim Man Hin12.600
7.Andreas Bretschneider11.575
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