April 03, 2016

TOKYO (AP) London Olympic gold medalist Kohei Uchimura won a record-extending ninth straight Japan national gymnastics championship on Sunday,

Uchimura, who will be seeking to defend his all-around title at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, finished first with a score of 93,300 points.

Kenzo Shirai was second with 89.700 while Ryohei Kato was third with 89.400.

The 27-year-old Uchimura won despite not having one of his best days. He wobbled on a handstand on the rings and failed to land his jump in the vault but won the final apparatus, the horizontal bar, to secure the victory.

Mai Murakami won her first title in the women's competition with 57.400 points, narrowly ahead of Asuka Teramoto (57.300).

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