At 34 years old, Kohei Uchimura has this physical status:
Kohei Uchimura (Uchimura Kohei, born January 3, 1989) is a Japanese gymnast.
He has been a seven-time Olympic medalist (all-around, squad, and floor exercise), as well as a twenty- politically a medalist who has won three gold and four silver medals, as well as a twenty-one-time World medalist (all-around, team, horizontal bar, and parallel bars).
After winning the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Uchimura was already deemed by many in artistic gymnastics as the best gymnast of all time, but he solidified his position in the sport by winning more and uninterrupted victories in every major competition throughout the upcoming Olympic cycle, leading up to his individual all-around gold medalist victory in Rio de Janeiro.
He is best known for winning every major all-around title in a single Olympic cycle, winning six world (2009–2011) and two Olympic (2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics) individual all-around titles.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Uchimura is also the individual all-around silver medalist.
He is known for delivering challenging and precisely executed routines.
"Irma", a "combination of tremendous difficulty, utmost consistency, and a stunning elegance of appearance, according to the International Gymnast Magazine.
Early life and career
Uchimura was born in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, and began gymnastics at age 3 at his parents' sports club in Nagasaki Prefecture. Both his parents, Kazuhisa and Shuko Uchimura, were competitive gymnasts. He travelled to Tokyo at the age of 15, joining Athens gold medalist Naoya Tsukahara. Haruhi Uchimura, his younger sister, is also a gymnast. "I don't believe in God," Khei Uchimura wrote about his convictions. I've never had luck. All I believe in is practice. He participated in his first international competition, the 2005 International Junior Competition in Japan, although he was not registered.
In 2007, Uchimura joined Japan's national team. In March, his senior debut at the 2007 Paris World Cup was a major international event. He claimed bronze on vault and ninth on the floor, and was ranked ninth on the podium. At the 2007 Summer Universiade in Bangkok, he gained team gold and 1st on floor, as well as third on vault. He came in seventh place in Japan's national championships in October, finishing seventh overall. He received silver with the Japanese team and placed seventh on floor exercise a month later.
Uchimura began the 2008 season by winning gold on floor at the World Cup in Tianjin in May.
He was selected to represent Japan at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing later this summer as a member of the national team. He earned the team silver by competing on the floor, vault, parallel bars, and a high bar at the Olympics. He qualified for the all-around final, where he received the silver medal. He won his second Olympic medal in the event in 24 years behind China's Yang Wei. He set the highest bar performance of the meeting (double Arabian piked half out, triple twist dismount) and had a spectacular high bar routine (Kolman, piked Kovacs). He also qualified to the floor finals, where he came in fifth place.
The 19-year-old Uchimura raked up the highest floor exercise and pommel horse scores en route to winning his first national all around title at the Japanese national championships this year. He was the first male to win the Japanese men's national championship in 12 years.
Uchimura participated in the 2009 World Championships in October 2009. He dominated both the qualifications and the all-around final. He won the all-around title by a margin of 2.575 points over Daniel Keatings, who has earned top scores for floor, rings, vault, and horizontal bar. Uchimura came in fourth on the floor and sixth on the high bar as well.
He appeared on the front page of the International Gymnastics Magazine's December 2009 issue, which was entitled "Uchimura rules."
In October 2010, Uchimura returned to the 2010 World Championships as a member of the Japanese national team. He dominated the all-around qualifications and finals in the previous year, winning his second straight all-around championship by a margin of 2.251 points over Philipp Boy. He had the best day on record on the floor, and the highest execution count (9.666) for a Yurchenko 212 twists on vault in the all-around final. He earned his bronze medal in Japan by participating in the team final on all sports, but still rings. He qualified for two events finals, winning silver on floor and bronze on parallel bars.
For the 3rd time at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, Uchimura triumphed in the all-around final on October 14, 2011. Uchimura prevailed by a margin of 3.101 points, roughly the same margin that divided 2nd and 14th places, with a score of 93.631 points. Not only is he the first male gymnast to win three all-around titles, but he is also the first gymnast, male or female, to win three straight all-around titles.
Uchimura obtained the highest score on four of the six events, including floor exercise, still rings, parallel bars, and pommel horse (he tied for the highest score on pommel horse). All except the vault were eligible for five of the six individual apparatus finals at Uchimura. He gained his first World Championship gold medal on floor exercise, as well as a bronze medal on high bar and the silver medal with the Japanese team.
Uchimura also earned the Longines Prize for Elegance at the 2011 Worlds, alongside Romania's Ana Porgras. Every World Championships go to male and female gymnasts who show "the most stunning beauty." The winners were unanimously chosen by a panel of judges, where both Uchimura and Porgras were given a medal, a Longines watch, and US$5,000. Uchimura was especially delighted to win this award because he collects watches.
Uchimura captured four gold medals at the 65th Japanese Championships in November 2011. In addition to the all-around title, he also received awards for half of the apparatuses: floor work, pommel horse, and high bar.
Uchimura competed in the London 2012 Olympics and fell several times in qualifying, placing him in ninth place among the group of qualifiers for the individual all-around final. Uchimura dismounted from his pommel horse during his dismount in the men's team gymnastics final. The Japanese coaches appealed the scoring on this show because he had landed on his feet and thought it should have counted as a complete dismount, despite with a substantial penalty. Great Britain was supposed to win the gold and Ukraine the bronze before the appeal, but the appeal brought Japan's total points to the United Kingdom, sending Great Britain down to the bronze.
Uchimura dominated the tournament and took the gold medal with a score of 92.690. Due to the tie-breaking process, he also earned the silver medal in the men's floor exercise final. Due to his second best combined score in the final tying Denis Ablyazin of Russia, who had the highest difficulty rating, 7.1, among all finalists, it was automatically triggered. Unfortunately, if there is a tie, the gymnast with the highest execution score will advance to the final, which was Uchimura's highest execution rating of 9.100.
During qualifying, Uchimura dominated, winning an all-around total of 91.924, which was 2.392 points ahead of the nearest competitor. With a 15.333, he qualified for the floor exercise finals in third place, placing third in the parallel bars final with 15.400 and third in the horizontal bar final with a 15.658. With a 15.133, he qualified as a reserve for the pommel horse final.
At the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Uchimura claimed his fourth straight gold medal. Uchimura finished with 91.990 points, almost two points ahead of the next closest competitor. Uchimura also earned bronze medals on floor exercise (15.500) behind Japan's 17-year-old newcomer Kenz (1.63) and Jacob Dalton of the United States (15.633), as well as a gold medal for parallel bars (15.666). His total number of four individual medals at a single World Championships is the most medals Uchimura has earned at a single World Championships.
Uchimura made history on October 9, 2014 by winning the Nanning all-around world championship for the fifth straight time. He scored 91.965 points, 1.492 points higher than Great Britain's Max Whitlock to take the title.
He also earned silver on horizontal bar separating Epke Zonderland(Netherlands) who won the gold and Marijo Monik (Croatia) who took the bronze medal and Marijo Monik (Croatia).
Uchimura captured his sixth world gymnastics championship title on October 30, 2015. Uchimura scored 92.332, more than 1.6 points ahead of Cuban teenager Manrique Larduet and Deng Shudi of China.
After the first rotation, Uchimura got off the ground with 15.733, putting them ahead of Deng by 0.6 percent. He was a student at the University of On the pommel horse, he scored 15.100 points. He gained 14.933 on rings, 15.633 on the vault, and ended up on the high bar with 15.100, an instrument he had just used a few days before in the team competition.
He went on to win the horizontal bar final with a score of 15.833, ahead of Danell Leyva and Manrique Larduet.However, Uchimura led Japan to victory in the team competition, in which they defeated Great Britain and China. This was their first gold medal since 1978.
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In Rio de Janeiro, Uchimura participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Team captain Uchimura led the Japanese men to victory in the team gold medaladversairey in Athens, winning the title for the first time since the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Uchimura defended his individual all-around (AA) gold medal with a score of 92.365, becoming the first gymnast in 44 years to win back-to-back individual all-around (IAA) gold medals Attention at the Olympics. He also became the second man in history after countryman Sawao Kato, who also won two gold and one silver in the individual all-around competition in 1968 Mexico City, 1972 Munich, and 1976 Munich Olympics, medalists in three Olympic Games. His winning margin over silver medalist Oleg Vernyayev of Ukraine was slim at only 0.099, less than a small step down in terms of gymnastics scoring.
His world all-around champion streak, which began in 2009, came to an end when he fractured his ankle on his vault landing in qualifying, forcing him to leave.
His long winning streak at worlds and Olympics ended with him winning the first of his six World Championships all-around titles in 2009 and lasting over two complete Olympic cycles (approximately 8 years). It was also the first time in 9.5 years since 2008 that he had not medalled, namely silver and/or gold medals at one of the FIG's major tournaments, either the Olympics or World Championships.
Uchimura competed at the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha between October 25 and November 3, 2018, but on a reduced schedule. During the team event final, he had helped team Japan win the bronze medal behind team USA and runner-up Russia by contributing scores to four apparatuses: pommel horse (14.133), parallel bars (14.400), and high bar (14.400). Uchimura qualified for the individual event final on the horizontal bar, defeating the 2012 Olympic high bar champion, Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands, who finished 15.100 points.
Due to injuries, Uchimura did not participate in any major competitions during the 2019 season.
After a tiebreak in the selection process that worked in his favour, Uchimura qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, his fourth and home Olympic Games as an apparatus specialist on the horizontal bar. He has stated earlier that he might still contribute positively to the Japanese team, but perhaps not in the form of grueling physical requirements that are no longer necessary for an all-arounder.
Since placing 20th in the qualifying round, Uchimura did not qualify for the high bar finals, and decided against attending the parallel bars tournament. Daiki Hashimoto, also of Japan, became Japan's second youngest gold medal gymnast (lost by just 6 days to Kenz) and youngest individual gold medal gymnast of the all-around (IAA) and high bar in Olympic history, with a projected maximum gold medalist.
On October 18–21, 2021, Uchimura's oldest, 32 years, 9 months, and 21 days old, was selected as part of the Japanese world championship team in artistic gymnastics (AG) as an apparatus individual to compete only on the individual horizontal bar competition. He qualified in fifth place with a score of 14.300 into the event final, where he finished in sixth place with a score of 14.600. This was supposed to be his last game, bringing an impressive career, which many would say he is the best of all time. Hashimoto, the 'top individual horizontal bar qualifier' with a score of 14.633. He received two silver medals in the individual all-around and horizontal bar rather than in the individual all-around and horizontal bar, rather than the 8.964 and 14.600. Both China, Hu Xuwei, and Zhang Boheng also gained the men's individual all-around and horizontal bar events with scores of 87.981 and 15.166. Also, Hashimoto finished fourth in the men's individual parallel bars finals with a score of 15.000, but he was disqualified from the men's individual pommel horse and floor exercise finals, which he also qualified for.