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Uchimura, Sasada Win Japanese Championships
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Natsumi Sasada and Kohei Uchimura scored victories at the 67th Japanese Gymnastics Championships, held Saturday and Sunday in Tokyo.

Natsumi Sasada won her first title while Kohei Uchimura took his sixth at the 67th Japanese Gymnastics Championships, held Saturday and Sunday in Tokyo.

Sasada had her top scores of 14.050 on uneven bars and 14.000 on balance beam (nailed beam mount of round-off, layout full). She scored 13.800 for a Yurchenko full vault and 13.650 on floor exercise (triple twist; 1 1/2 front full; 2 1/2; double pike).

Sasada, a 2010 Youth Olympian, previously had trained under Viktor Razumovsky and Irina Razumovskaya, who returned to their native Russia in 2012. She now training under her mother, Yayoi Kano Sasada, herself a former national champion and a five-time world team member for Japan. An injury in 2012 kept her from challenging for a spot on Japan's Olympic team in London.

2012 Olympian Yu Minobe finished second, with the the top score on balance beam (14.350). Former junior sensation Mai Murakami was third, with highs of 15.100 for her double-twisting Yurchenko vault and 14.500 for a spectacular floor exercise (double layout; double-double to stag jump; 1 1/2 to front full; quad turn; triple twist; 6.2 Difficulty). An 11.800 on balance beam, however, cost her the overall title.

Asuka Teramoto, who won the Tokyo World Cup last month, was fourth after a 12.300 on floor. She had the high mark on uneven bars with 14.900 (inside Stalder-full to Gienger between the bars; inside Stalder blind to Jaeger; double front).

Defending women's champion Rie Tanaka reportedly was out of the competition with a back injury.

Uchimura, the world and Olympic all-around champion, claimed his sixth overall title in the men's competition, which was held over two days. Uchimura showed no signs of the ankle and shoulder injuries that have plagued him since London, hitting 11 of 12 routines. His only scores below 15 were a 14.900 on still rings on Saturday and 13.800 for a missed pommel horse routine on Sunday. His top score came Sunday with a 15.900 on high bar (Cassina; half-Tak to Kolman; layout double-double; 7.0 D). He mounted with a 3 1/2 twist on floor exercise and vaulted a near perfect Yurchenko 2 1/2 (small hop).

Uchimura, who was married last fall, announced last week that he and his wife welcomed a baby daughter born in April.

2012 Olympian Ryohei Kato, who was second at the Tokyo World Cup, finished second again, 3.5 points behind Uchimura. Another Olympian, Yusuke Tanaka, was third.

The competition also served as Japan's trials for this summer's University Games in Kazan, Russia. The women's team will be Minobe, Mizuhi Nagai, Noda Sakura, Arisa Tominaga, Shizkuka Tozawa and Otaki Chinami. The men will be represented by Kato, Tanaka, Shogo Nonomura, Chihiro Yoshioka and Daiki Ishikawa.

External Link: Japan Gymnastic Association

67th Japanese Gymnastics Championships
May 11-12, 2013, Tokyo

Women's All-Around FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Natsumi SasadaTeikyo High School13.80014.05014.00013.65055.500
2.Yu MinobeAsahi Seimei13.40014.15014.35013.35055.250
3.Mai MurakamiYukio Iketani Gymnastics Club15.10013.75011.80014.50055.150
4.Asuka TeramotoLegyc Sports14.10014.90013.70012.30055.000
5.Yuki UchiyamaSmile Gymnastics Club13.85014.15012.55013.85054.400
6.Mizuho NagaiNippon Sport Science University14.95012.85012.50013.45053.750
7.Noda SakuraAsahi Seimei13.80012.70013.75013.10053.350
8.Wakana Inoue Mizutori Gymnastics Hall14.75012.85012.25013.30053.150
8.Aiko Sugihara Hagoromo Gymnastics Club14.00013.15012.55013.45053.150
10.Arisa TominagaKokushikan University13.90013.65012.60012.95053.100
11.Otaki ChinamiKokushikan University13.60013.85012.75012.80053.000
12.Miari SekiguchiGunma Junior Sports Club14.65013.25012.55012.45052.900
13.Shizkuka TozawaNippon Sport Science University14.20013.60011.50013.15052.450
14.Yuko ShintakeHagoromo International University12.25014.10011.90013.50051.750
15.Yumoto SakuraNarawa Gymnastics Club13.85013.55011.85012.45051.700
15.Yuri IshiiKyoto Jumping Gymnastics Club13.80012.55011.95013.40051.700
17.Mina SugimuraKokushikan University12.40013.80012.45013.00051.650
18.Noa KoyamaUniversity of Tsukuba13.70012.25012.55012.50051.000
19.Matsumura YasuhaChukyo Gymnastics Club13.75012.30012.05012.70050.800
20.Maki IkejiriNippon Sport Science University13.25012.50012.70012.30050.750
21.Sachiko MaedaChukyo University13.30011.45012.50012.65049.900
22.Koko DobashiLegyc Sports13.80011.10011.60013.15049.650
23.Haruko Hasebe Osaka University13.20011.95011.80012.40049.350
24.Erika Lynn Danko Osaka University13.80011.0008.95011.95045.700

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotalTwo-Day
1.Kohei UchimuraKONAMI15.65015.05014.90015.40015.05015.80091.850182.350
15.35013.80015.10015.05015.30015.90090.500
2.Ryohei KatoJuntendo University15.20014.35014.25015.35015.45015.20089.800178.850
15.25013.85014.65014.85015.05015.40089.050
3.Yusuke TanakaKONAMI14.80013.45014.90014.65015.45015.80089.050177.300
14.65014.40014.80014.90013.95015.55088.250
4.Shogo NonomuraJuntendo University14.70013.90015.00014.50015.25015.05088.400176.800
14.55014.65014.90014.90014.80014.60088.400
5.Kenya KobayashiKONAMI14.40014.85014.95014.70015.10014.30088.300175.750
14.45014.85015.05014.25015.25013.60087.450
6.Tatsuki NakajimaKONAMI14.70015.20013.85014.65014.65014.60087.650175.050
15.05014.95013.80014.30015.00014.30087.400
7.Chihiro YoshiokaJuntendo University14.50014.40014.00014.05015.05014.90086.900174.450
14.60014.50014.45014.35015.00014.65087.550
8.Naoto HayasakaFunabashi High School15.20013.95013.80014.80014.65014.65087.050174.300
15.05013.95013.80015.05014.80014.60087.250
9.Kazuhito TanakaTokushukai Gymnastics Club13.35013.20014.75014.45015.55015.35086.650174.200
14.90013.05015.00014.85014.25015.50087.550
10.Daiki IshikawaJuntendo University14.55014.65013.45014.25014.90015.35087.150173.450
14.50014.25013.90014.45014.00015.20086.300
11.Ryuzo SejimaNippon Sport Science University15.10013.50014.15014.70014.85014.55086.850173.400
14.75013.35014.50014.50014.90014.55086.550
12.Shoichi YamamotoAsahi Seimei14.80014.40013.90014.15014.80014.35086.400172.850
14.50014.55014.20014.30014.85014.05086.450
13.Yuya SaitoTokushukai Gymnastics Club12.85014.20014.35015.20014.40014.75085.750172.600
13.60014.25014.50015.10014.00015.40086.850
13.Yuya KamotoNippon Sport Science University13.90012.70014.70014.90015.45014.65086.300172.600
14.30013.35014.40014.70014.80014.75086.300
15.Ryotaka DeguchiTokushukai Gymnastics Club15.10014.40013.70014.70014.30013.95086.150171.600
15.25014.55013.90014.85012.90014.00085.450
16.Kazuaki KoizumiSogo Gymnastics Club14.20014.20012.90014.35014.60015.15085.400171.550
14.15013.90013.95014.30014.70015.15086.150
16.Masayoshi YamamotoTokushukai Gymnastics Club14.50013.45014.30014.70014.55014.45085.950171.550
14.10013.35014.50015.00014.10014.55085.600
18.Yasuhiro OkamuraAsahi Seimei14.20013.80015.10014.30014.30014.00085.700171.500
14.60013.85015.20014.40014.35013.40085.800
19.Hitoshi KoyamaNat'l Inst. of Fitness & Sports in Kanoya14.10014.10013.95014.75014.65014.25085.800171.450
13.85013.90014.00014.85014.75014.30085.650
20.Takeda KazushiNippon Sport Science University13.95012.65014.70014.30014.65014.55084.800171.200
14.70014.15014.15014.25014.40014.75086.400
21.Koji UematsuKONAMI15.00014.05014.45014.35014.80014.55087.200171.000
14.55013.70013.20014.40012.65015.30083.800
22.Kohei KameyamaTokushukai Gymnastics Club14.35014.80013.70013.80013.95014.25084.850170.850
14.40015.35013.75014.20013.85014.45086.000
23.Koji NonomuraJuntendo University14.05013.25014.00014.50014.35014.70084.850170.550
14.45013.45014.15014.45014.50014.70085.700
24.Shun KuwaharaTokushukai Gymnastics Club14.50013.10013.65014.35015.25014.80085.650170.350
14.65013.45012.40014.10015.15014.95084.700
25.Masataka AoyamaKONAMI13.30014.25013.90014.75014.25014.30084.750170.200
13.95014.20014.30014.75014.25014.00085.450
25.Kenzo KanekoJuntendo University14.25013.85013.95014.75014.05014.30085.150170.200
14.90013.30014.05014.80013.80014.20085.050
27.Chisho HasegawaNippon Sport Science University14.30014.90014.05014.20012.60014.55084.600170.150
14.30014.75013.85014.10013.80014.75085.550
28.Ikejiri ToshiyaNippon Sport Science University14.70012.75013.70014.70014.30014.25084.400169.950
15.00013.20014.15014.90014.10014.20085.550
29.Makoto OkiguchiKONAMI14.85013.75013.55015.15013.15014.50084.950169.850
14.70013.90013.40015.05013.20014.65084.900
30.Shirai KatsutaroKONAMI15.05013.30014.30015.00013.95014.35085.950169.550
15.10013.95014.40015.00013.65011.50083.600
31.Kaya KazumaNarashino High School14.45014.75013.20014.35014.00014.25085.000169.500
14.10014.75013.75014.35013.00014.55084.500
32.Hiroshi EndoMeikei Club14.40014.05013.55014.30014.20014.15084.650169.050
14.20014.00013.80014.00014.25014.15084.400
33.Taku NaganoNihon University14.20013.50014.95014.65013.85013.55084.700168.750
14.30011.30014.90015.00014.25014.30084.050
34.Takeshi MoriKONAMI14.10013.75014.20014.20014.45013.55084.250167.400
14.05014.15013.15013.90013.15014.75083.150
35.Sho YokoyamaNippon Sport Science University14.70013.30014.35013.85014.30014.55085.050166.850
12.70012.85014.10013.35014.15014.65081.800
36.Koji YamamuroKONAMI13.55013.75015.15014.55013.35014.75085.100112.300
11.90015.30027.200
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Anon said:

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Uchimura did a triple twist double layout dismount (Fedorchenko) off High Bar.
 
May 23, 2013
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