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NEWS: Uchimura wins Japanese title [Nov. 4th, 2008|10:12 am]
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2008 Olympians Kohei Uchimura and Koko Tsurumi won the Japanese National Championships, which concluded Sunday in Niigata.

Uchimura, the 2008 Olympic all-around silver medalist, edged Kazuhito Tanaka by .150 in the all-around final. The 19-year-old Uchimura is the first teenager to win the title since Naoya Tsukahara won in 1996. (Tsukahara finished 14th all-around in Niigata.) 

Uchimura was the top gymnast in Friday's preliminaries — which also served as the apparatus finals — and Saturday's all-around final.

"It's good that I won," Uchimura said Saturday. "I was frustrated when I got second at the intercollegiate championships after the Olympics, so I wanted to win this competition. I didn't care when came close to me. However, when my teammate told me he might beat me, I thought I would be second again. Today, I was doing well on the first four apparatus, but in the last two events I was tired and I couldn't make the exercises I wanted. However it's good that I didn't make any mistakes. Because of the pain in my lower back, I didn't do the training to go through all six events the past two days, so I think it's extremely good that I didn't any mistakes in any events."

Two-time Olympian Hiroyuki Tomita, the national champion from 2004-2007, skipped the competition.

"Tomita is a role model," Uchimura said. "I don't know whether I can catch up to him or not. I want to try my best to be close to him."

Tomita and Uchimura will compete Nov. 14-15 in the Toyota International Cup, along with 2008 Olympic teammates Takehiro Kashima, Makoto Okiguchi and Koki Sakamoto.

On Sunday, Uchimura led Nippon Sport Science University to the team title. Two-time world all-around bronze medalist Hisashi Mizutori was a member of the runner-up Tokusyukai team, which also included 2008 Olympian Takuya Nakase. Okiguchi, with a 15.650 on floor exercise and 16.150 on vault, helped KONAMI place third.

Source and rest of article are from www.intlgymnast.com/Online-Features/reports/667.html

Hey guys, I haven't been posting lately but just want to let you know that I still check on Kohei and this community. <3 And YEAH, Kohei's the best Japanese gymnast right now XD



[User Picture]From: spiderlin
2008-11-04 04:34 am (UTC)
that's so awesomeeeeeee congratulations kohei!! i'm sure he deserves it, because he's really talented and hawwt and works hard to be the best =3

he must be very popular among girls (and boys), do you know if he has a girlfriend (or boyfriend *yeah cause seriously who knows*)?

btw thanks soooooooooooo much for posting this,you win the internetzzzzzzz
so,how do you want your internetz?
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[User Picture]From: sakura_fairy
2008-11-09 11:29 am (UTC)
Hmmm, girlfriend. There's a rumor on the Japanese fan sites that his girlfriend is another gymnast that could be on the national team next olympics, but heh, that's internet rumor.

And ayeeeeeeeeee,I get the internets! XD I want them wrap in Kohei's cuteness plz, thx!
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[User Picture]From: spiderlin
2008-11-11 03:37 am (UTC)
well sounds logic, it's not like he gets the opportunity to meet that much girls,i'm sure he must do a lot of training.

i recently found out that his sister haruhi is also a gymnast,how cute is that??? i tried to find a picture of her but it was impossible )=
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