Japanese gymnastics star Kohei Uchimura fell out of the Tokyo Olympics on the first day of Saturday when he was eliminated from horizontal bar competition and did not compete on the parallel bars.
The 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion, who was due to retire after the Games, lost control during his horizontal bar routine and was unable to qualify for the final next week.
The 32-year-old decided not to go for a third consecutive full title after persistent shoulder problems.
Regarded as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, “King Kohei” also has 10 world titles.
He was penalized for his fall at the Ariake Arena, picking up just 13,866 points, robbing him of the opportunity to finish his decorated career on a gold peak at home.
After passing to enter the Japanese team, Uchimura had reveled in competing in the 2020 Games delayed by the pandemic.
After training this week he said: “I love it, especially since it is in Japan. This is my fourth Olympiad, and this is probably my best yet. “
After a challenging routine, everything went terribly wrong when he lost control, crashed into the mattress and walked away dejected.
He had engraved his name in Olympic history at the 2016 Rio Games, becoming the first male gymnast in 44 years to retain his full title.
He also led Japan to team gold in Brazil, cementing his place as one of his country’s most revered athletes.
Uchimura has battled injuries since Rio, calling his prospect of arriving in Tokyo “a fairy tale” in 2019.
The gymnast, who recently described himself as “an ancient fossil,” had taken radical action, ruling out all events except the horizontal bar; It was a surprise in the late entry of the parallel bars, but he did not take the option.
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