China remained focused on defending their titles while knowing Japan’s ‘King’ as well as the entire Japanese team prepared to end the Chinese reign in Rio Olympics 2016 gymnastics.
The six-time world champion Kohei Uchimura, aka ‘King,’ together with Yusuke Tanaka, Ryohei Kato and Koji Yamamuro represented the country to defeat the Chinese men in artistic gymnastics.
However, an expected thud on the ground was heard after Uchimura lost his grip on the bars. Hence, the certainty to dethrone China became murky.
Reuters reported Uchimura’s return on the bars to earn 14.300 points. Yet, the expected 15-point breach mark on their performances was not met.
“I don’t think the mistake on the high bar was a bad thing because… what happened today can only make me stronger,” he said.
The Japanese team tried their best to surpass the point-mark set for the entire gymnastic performances. But they produced successive botched routines.
Tanaka who also stumbled earned 13.3666 on the pommel horse, Kato got 13.966 on rings and Yamamuro with 13.200 score on vault.
Regardless the failure to impress on parallel pars, the team was able to gain with 15 points in their final apparatus as well as the floor exercise.
The source mentioned that the scores earned on Saturday won’t be carried out in finals today. But the report suggested the Japanese team should perform perfectly to defeat the reigning champions.
On the other hand, China responded on defending their Olympic title. Proof of their determination was topping the men’s qualifying against Asian rival with 270.461 points, Indian Express mentioned.
Maintaining their top performance last Saturday was considered a must for the Chinese team. Liu Yang shared about their team’s need to defend their Olympic name.
Boosting their confidence, strengthening more to compete well and perfection were among of their goals to carry out in the next event.
The Asian rivals, China and Japan, were both qualified for finals on Monday. The question is who will top the artistic gymnastics in Rio Olympics 2016?
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