Uchimura errors take gloss off Japan's team gold

Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:51pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

GLASGOW (Reuters) - 'Attain perfection' is the mantra of Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura, and while winning the team title at the world gymnastics championships on Wednesday fulfilled a lifelong dream, his performance was far from flawless.

The Olympic all-around champion incurred a penalty for stepping out of the area after his vault, then let a frenzied atmosphere get to him as he crash landed off the horizontal bar.

Not exactly the performance expected from the holder of a record five world all-around titles who strives to "perform perfectly all my routines in the same competition".

When asked how it felt to help Japan end their 37-year wait for a men's world team title, Uchimura gulped and struggled to find the words to describe his emotions.

"I really wanted to have a perfect routine, so I feel really bad," he said. "But I have never won a team competition, and even though it wasn’t perfect, we still won the gold medal.

"The next time I am the last competitor, I want to do what is expected of the last competitor.”

Uchimura had no monopoly on errors, with team mate Yusuke Tanaka falling off the parallel bars and horizontal bar.

Luckily for Japan, however, nemesis China made even more mistakes.   Continued...

Japan's Kohei Uchimura falls from the high bar during the men's team final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble