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Sasada Captures First NHK Cup
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Japanese national champion Natsumi Sasada won the women's all-around at the 53rd NHK Cup, held Saturday in Tokyo. Pictured: All-around medalists Wakana Inoue, Asuka Teramoto and Sasada secured spots on Japan's world team.

Japanese national champion Natsumi Sasada won the women's all-around at the 53rd NHK Cup, held Saturday in Tokyo.

Gymnasts qualified to the NHK Trophy at the Japanese national championships last month. Half of their scores from the national championships carried over to Saturday's event.

Sasada, 18, outscored Asuka Teramoto, 83.725-82.625, to win her first NHK Trophy. In the third rotation, Sasada risked her signature round off, full-twisting layout mount to score 14.600 on balance beam. With a clean floor exercise (13.450), she clinched her first victory at the prestigious NHK Cup.

Wakana Inoue finished third (79.900). Sasada, Teramoto and Inoue earned berths for Japan's team at this fall's world championships in China. The three remaining members will be decided following another competition in July.

Junior Sae Miyakawa, seventh all-around, earned Japan's spot for this summer's Youth Olympic Games. The event also included a separate junior competition to select Japan's male representative for the Youth Olympic Games. Kenya Yuasa topped the competition to secure the berth to Nanjing. Yuasa tied for the high bar title at the Pacific Rim Championships in April.

The NHK Cup continues Sunday with the men's event, with world and Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura seeking his sixth consecutive trophy.

External Link: Japan Gymnastic Association

53rd NHK Cup
June 7, 2014, Tokyo

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotalNationalsCombined
1.Natsumi SasadaNippon Sport Science University 13.80013.90014.60013.45055.75027.97583.725
2.Asuka TeramotoChukyo University14.10013.65013.90013.25054.90027.72582.625
3.Wakana InoueUniversity of Tsukuba13.25013.10013.40013.15052.90027.00079.900
4.Mai MurakamiIketani Yukio Gymnastics Club14.45012.70013.05012.90053.10026.67579.775
5.Azumi IshikuraZERO gymnastics club 13.50012.75013.70013.15053.10026.40079.500
6.Yu Minobe Asahi Seimei 12.45013.95014.30011.60052.30027.00079.300
7.Sae MiyagawaSaints Gymnastics Club 15.15012.90010.80014.05052.90026.27579.175
8.Mari KawasakiTri Gymnastics Club 13.75012.75013.20012.55052.25026.50078.750
9.Mizuho NagaiNippon Sport Science University 15.00012.20012.00013.25052.45025.95078.400
10.Yumi YamamotoToda City Sports Center 14.00012.95012.65012.35051.95026.32578.275
11.Yuna HiraiwaMitsubishi Yowa Gymnastics Club13.90012.70010.80013.20050.60027.47578.075
12.Aiko SugiharaHagoromo Gymnastics Club 13.60012.60012.65013.25052.10025.37577.475
13.Yumoto Sakura Narawa Gymnastics Club 13.55012.50012.55012.65051.25026.17577.425
14.Akiko SatoNippon Sport Science University 14.15012.35012.20012.70051.40026.00077.400
15.Minami Honda Amagasaki Municipal High School 13.45012.70013.90012.60052.65024.45077.100
16.Koko DobashiLegyc Sport14.10010.85011.95013.05049.95026.22576.175
17.Takuko KitanoWakayama Prefecture13.55012.25013.00011.80050.60024.92575.525
18.Ashikawa Nanase Mizutori Gymnastics Club13.25012.85012.80011.80050.70024.72575.425
19.Aya KawakuboKeio University 13.35012.45011.95012.70050.45024.75075.200
20.Yasuha KawakuboChukyo Gymnastics Club 13.55012.55012.25011.75050.10024.75074.850
21.Koga HonokaNippon Sport Science University 12.85012.30012.50012.65050.30023.52573.825
22.Yuka NatsumeMukogawa Women's University13.0009.35010.35012.00044.70025.40070.100
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