Robots' Uchimura and Biles out to electrify the world

Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:01am EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - The world's best gymnasts will be hoping the blood, sweat and tears they have shed in training will provide them with the spark they need to pull the plug on two champions who have been dubbed "robots" at the world championships.

Such has been the dominance of Japan's Kohei Uchimura and American Simone Biles in recent years that if they fail to win the all-around titles in Glasgow's Hydro Arena, it will be considered one of the biggest shocks witnessed in the sport.

Before Uchimura began his global domination in 2009, no male gymnast had won more than two world all-around titles.

Incredibly, the 2012 Olympic champion is now on the verge of capturing a sixth successive world gold medal in an event that tests skills across six apparatus.

Aged 18, Biles is also on the verge of accomplishing something no female gymnast has achieved -- winning three world all-around titles in a row.

"Everyone says that I’m an alien or a robot but I think he (Uchimura) is," Biles told Reuters in an interview ahead of the Oct. 23-Nov. 1 championships which also act as a qualifying competition for next year's Rio Olympics.

"It would be cool if a girl could do that (win three in a row). If it is me...

"I think what Uchimura has done is very amazing and I don’t think anyone could do what he does."   Continued...