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Teramoto Wins NHK Cup, Clinches Olympic Berth
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2012 Olympian Asuka Teramoto won the women's all-around at the 55th NHK Cup on Wednesday in Tokyo, earning an automatic berth to her second Olympic Games. Pictured: Teramoto with runner-up Mai Murakami and bronze medalist Aiko Sugihara

2012 Olympian Asuka Teramoto (Chukyo University) won the women's all-around at the 55th NHK Cup on Wednesday in Tokyo, earning an automatic berth to her second Olympic Games.

The NHK Cup serves as the second Olympic qualification event for Japan following last month's national championships, and the two scores together determine the NHK Cup winner. The champions in Tokyo are to be named to Japan's teams for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Reigning Olympic champion and six-time world champion Kohei Uchimura is pre-qualified; if he wins the men's title on Thursday, the silver medalist will clinch an automatic berth.) The final teams will be determined following the Japanese national event championships in June.

The Japanese men are the reigning world champions after their victory last fall in Glasgow, where the women's team finished fifth.

Runner-up Mai Murakami (Nippon Sport Science University) and bronze medalist Aiko Sugihara (Meihua High School) were also named to the Olympic team based on Japan's qualification formula, which factors in event rankings as well.

Second to Murakami last month, Teramoto hit all four routines on Wednesday to take the NHK title with a combined score of 115.050. Her top score was 15.300 on vault for a stuck layout Rudi. Teramoto, 20, is the only gymnast still competing from Japan's eighth-place women's team from the 2012 Olympic Games.

Murakami, who started with a .1 advantage over Teramoto, hit her double-twisting Yurchenko vault (15.050) and floor exercise to Christina Aguilera's "Show Me How You Burlesque" (double-double; double layout; quad turn; 2 1/2 to layout front full; double pike; 14.850) but fell on her two-foot layout on beam (12.450). Murakami, 19, totaled 113.300 to take silver ahead of the 16-year-old Sugihara (112.350), who held onto her third-place finish from nationals.

Yuki Uchiyama (Smile Gymnastics Club) placed fourth (110.050) with the top score on uneven bars (inside Stalder-full-Komova II-Pak; Stalder-blind Jaeger; stuck full-twisting double; 14.350/6.2). Nippon Sport Science University's Natsumi Sasada placed fifth (108.400).

Hitomi Hatakeda (Central Meguro), daughter of 1992 and 1996 Olympian Yoshiaki Hatakeda, placed seventh.

World floor exercise finalist Sae Miyakawa, suffering from an ankle injury, finished 11th. Known for her spectacular tumbling, Miyakawa lowered her difficulty on floor and went out of bounds three times.

Competition concludes Thursday at Yoyogi Stadium with the men's competition. Uchimura starts with a 91.300 total from the Japanese championships, followed by Kenzo Shirai's 89.700 and Ryohei Kato's 89.400. Yuya Kamoto and Yusuke Saito, both with 89.250, are also in contention of grabbing an automatic Olympic berth.

Thursday's event will also honor three-time Japanese Olympian Naoya Tsukahara with a special ceremony. Tsukahara, who turns 39 in June, announced his retirement in March after several years of representing Australia. He is now the general director of the Asahi Seimei club, following in the footsteps of his father, the great Mitsuo Tsukahara.

External Link: Japan Gymnastics Association

55th NHK Trophy
May 4, 2016, Yoyogi, Tokyo

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXAANationalTotal
1.Asuka TeramotoChukyo University/Les Logic Sports15.30014.05014.35014.05057.75057.300115.050
2.Mai MurakamiNippon Sport Science University15.05013.60012.45014.80055.90057.400113.300
3.Aiko SugiharaBaika High School/Asahi Seimei14.40014.15013.75014.05056.35056.000112.350
4.Yuki Uchiyama Smile Gymnastics Club14.30014.35012.80013.70055.15054.900110.050
5.Natsumi SasadaNippon Sport Science University14.00013.10013.95013.55054.60053.800108.400
6.Marina KawasakiHiratsuka School/Tri-Gymnastics Club14.00013.65013.30012.35053.30054.550107.850
7.Hitomi HatakedaCentral Meguro/Nihon University High School13.90013.50013.25013.25053.90053.700107.600
8.Koike AyuToda City Sports Center14.60012.55013.15013.00053.30054.150107.450
9.Kajita NagiYamanashi Junior Gymnastics Club/Seiwa Kai High School14.70013.10012.75013.50054.05052.550106.600
10.Koko DobashiLes Logic Sports14.35012.55012.15013.40052.45053.950106.400
11.Sae MiyakawaSaints Gymnastics Club14.10012.80011.75013.40052.05053.950106.000
12.Akiho SatoNippon Sport Science University14.10012.95013.05013.50053.60052.000105.600
12.Shiho Nakaji Toda City Sports Center14.00012.60013.10013.10052.80052.800105.600
12.Wakana InoueUniversity Of Tsukuba12.85013.00013.50013.20052.55053.050105.600
15.Yumoto YurikaNarawa Gymnastics Club/Taketoyo High School14.05013.00013.05013.00053.10051.500104.600
16.Minami HondaMukogawa Women's University14.05012.05012.95012.80051.85052.700104.550
17.Kiko KuwajimaToda City Sports Center15.05011.95011.90012.85051.75052.250104.000
18.Yui TeraoNippon Sport Science University13.65012.85013.10012.00051.60051.100102.700
19.Mana OguchiOizumi Swallow Sports Club13.60011.55013.15013.55051.85050.650102.500
19.Mai OkadaToda City Sports Center13.35012.40012.90012.65051.30051.200102.500
21.Yumoto SakuraChukyo University/Narawa Gymnastics Club14.00010.40013.70012.35050.45051.750102.200
22.Yuka NatsumeMukogawa Women's University13.80012.30012.45011.80050.35051.400101.750
23.Yasuha MatsumuraChukyo University/Chukyo Gymnastics Club13.90011.25012.10012.75050.00051.500101.500
24.Mina SugimuraKokushikan University13.85012.65012.85012.35051.70049.200100.900
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