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Olympics: at 19, gymnast Daiki Hashimoto succeeds a legend in Japan


By winning the all-around competition in Tokyo, Daiki Hashimoto took over from Kohei Uchimura, the star of the discipline for nearly ten years.

After losing their Olympic team title, Japan took revenge on Wednesday with the coronation of Daiki Hashimoto in the all-around gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Games, embodying the new generation that takes over from Kohei Uchimura, titled in London and Rio.

At 19, he climbed to first place in the competition with flying colors and a horizontal bar exercise on the last rotation to applause, which rarely fills in this empty room of spectators, collecting 14.933 points for a total of 88.465 points.

Coming second, the Chinese Xiao Ruoteng (88.065 pts) expressed his “


” after the competition, to be beaten at the finish.

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Uchimura's Way

Daiki Hashimoto, who had already shone in qualifying, explained that he "

wanted to follow the path of Uchimura

" and "

lead the new generation

". As it all played out on the high bar, Daiki Hashimoto explained that he did not "

feel the pressure

" and that he "

just tried to have fun

" without competing with the others. Asked how he felt after winning the gold medal he said he "could

n't explain it.

". Kohei Uchimura was the all-around world champion six times in a row between 2009 and 2015. Reigning two-time all-around Olympic champion - a feat unheard of for over forty years - the Japanese has dominated gymnastics like no other for those eight years. .

Bronze medalist Nikita Nagornyy of Russia with 88.031 points said that “it

was good for Japan to have a champion when you are the host country

”, explaining that the Japanese gymnasts were always at the top level. This world and European and world champion was among the favorites for gold, but he seems to have left feathers in the team competition won by the Russian team. After the thunderclap of the day before and the cracking of Simone Biles in full team competition, the Ariake room has regained its tranquility. In the stands, the queen of gymnastics slipped discreetly and briefly to support the two Americans in the all-around competition.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-07-28

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