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Uchimura Credits Consistency For Sixth World Title
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After winning his historic sixth consecutive world all-around title this fall, Kohei Uchimura of Japan said consistency was the key to his latest victory.


Six-time world champion Kohei Uchimura

“I did not make any mistakes,” said Uchimura of his win in the all-around final at the world championships in Glasgow on October 30. “I just tried to perform my best performance, with perfection.”

Uchimura said his individual win in Glasgow was more significant than his previous five since it followed Japan’s victory in the team final on October 28. Japan had not won the world team title since 1978.

“It is my first time to have an all-around gold medal after getting a team gold medal,” said Uchimura, the 2012 Olympic champion. “I think it is more meaningful than before, and also I feel more satisfied.”

Uchimura had planned to compete at this weekend's Toyota Cup, but withdrew to tend to an injured leg. His teammates Yusuke Tanaka, Ryohei Kato and Kenzo Shirai. will headline the competition for Japan. Top international competitors in the lineup include Marcel Nguyen (Germany), Jonathan Horton and Eddie Penev (United States). The women's lineup includes four world champions from Russia Ksenia Afanasyeva, Viktoria Komova, Maria Paseka and Daria Spiridonova, as well as the legendary Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan).

Read about Uchimura’s history-making performances in the December 2015 issue of International Gymnast magazine. This special issue devoted to the 2015 world champion-ships is now available in print and/or digital editions. To subscribe, click here

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