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Japan, Russia Top Day 1 in Toyota
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The Russian women and Japanese men swept the gold medals at the first day of competition at the Toyota International, which began Saturday in Aichi Prefecture. Pictured: Still rings titles Koji Yamamuro of Japan

The Russian women and Japanese men swept the gold medals at the first day of competition at the Toyota International, which began Saturday in Aichi Prefecture.

Held in front of a sold-out audience at Sky Hall Toyota, the apparatus-only competition attracted 28 visiting gymnasts from Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Russia, United States, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, plus a full contingent from the host nation.

Russia's newly crowned world champions Maria Paseka (vault) and Daria Spiridonova (uneven bars) both won gold on their specialties. Japan won both silver medals and Hungary took both bronzes. On vault, fan favorite Mai Murakami took second place over Boglárka Dévai , with both gymnasts throwing double-twisting Yurchenko and full-twisting Tsukahara vaults.

Many-time world medalist Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan) finished seventh after she bailed out of a planned handspring double front and performed only one salto (4.4 D score).

On uneven bars, Spiridonova topped Japan's Asuka Teramoto and Hungary's Noémi Makra. Two-time world uneven bars champion Viktoria Komova, who famously tied Spiridonova in the unprecedented four-way tie for gold at this fall's world championships in Glasgow, fell twice (Maloney-half; layout Jaeger).

The Japanese men dominated the competition, taking the gold and silver in all three events on day one. Two-time world floor exercise champion Kenzo Shirai was unbeatable on his best event, reportedly tumbling a layout triple-double en route to first place with 15.700 (incredible 7.7 Difficulty). Teammate Naoto Hayasaka (15.300) won the silver over American Eddie Penev, who opened with a triple-double (14.575). All three medalists incurred a .3 out-of-bounds deduction.

Kazuma Kaya, like Shirai a member of Japan's gold-medal squad in Glasgow, won the gold on pommel horse (7.0/15.675). Teammate Ryohei Kato took second ahead of Marvin Kimble, who brought another bronze for the Americans.

Koji Yamamuro, the bronze medalist in the all-around and on rings at the 2011 Worlds, was golden on rings (6.6/15.250) over Keisuke Ogura (6.4/14.750). Ogura, 22, is expected to impress in Sunday's vault event, having landed a Tsukahara 3 1/2-twist earlier this year. German star Marcel Nguyen won the bronze on still rings (6.1/14.650).

Six-time world champion Kohei Uchimura withdrew from the competition this week to rest a sore leg. However, Uchimura was on hand prior to the event to help spot local kindergartners is a coaching clinic.

External Link: Official Website

2015 Toyota International
December 12, Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Women's VaultDENDScoreAverage
1.Maria Paseka5.68.85014.45015.025
2.Mai Murakami5.89.10014.90014.425
3.Boglárka Dévai5.89.00014.80014.400
4.Phan Thi Ha Thanh5.08.90013.90014.225
5.Ksenia Afanasyeva5.89.10014.90014.125
6.Sae Miyakawa6.28.75014.95013.650
7.Oksana Chusovitina4.48.00012.40013.450
8.Antonia Alicke4.88.70013.50013.350
9.Kirsten Peterman5.38.75014.05013.250
10.Sydney Townsend5.38.7000.113.90013.050
11.Sarah Voss5.07.9500.312.65012.750
12.Noémi Makra5.08.85013.8506.925

Uneven BarsDENDScore
1.Daria Spiridonova6.28.30014.500
2.Asuka Teramoto5.98.50014.400
3.Noémi Makra6.18.20014.300
4.Mai Murakami5.68.30013.900
5.Oksana Chusovitina5.27.90013.100
6.Sarah Voss5.27.85013.050
7.Viktoria Komova6.26.80013.000
8.Hélody Cyrenne5.47.20012.600
9.Kirsten Peterman5.47.15012.550
10.Boglarka Devai4.97.15012.050
OPEN.Koko Dobashi5.67.20012.800
OPEN.Sydney Townsend4.76.40011.100

Men's Floor ExerciseDENDScore
1.Kenzo Shirai7.78.3000.315.700
2.Naoto Hayasaka7.08.6500.315.350
3.Eddie Penev7.07.8750.314.575
4.Hoang Cuong6.08.52514.525
5.Marcel Nguyen6.08.25014.250
6.Adam Babos5.68.45014.050
6.Le Thanh Tung5.98.15014.050
8.Jonathan Horton6.47.00013.400
9.Christopher Remkes6.75.0750.611.175

Pommel HorseDENDScore
1.Kazuma Kaya7.08.67515.675
2.Ryohei Kato6.08.80014.800
3.Marvin Kimble6.68.15014.750
4.Andreas Toba6.18.37514.475
5.Eddie Penev5.98.52514.425
6.Dávid Vecsernyés5.98.10014.000
7.Adam Babos5.38.62513.925
8.Le Thanh Tung5.18.22513.325
9.Christopher Remkes5.96.82512.725
10.Dang Nam4.87.52512.325

Still RingsDENDScore
1.Koji Yamamuro6.68.65015.250
2.Keisuke Ogura6.48.35014.750
3.Marcel Nguyen6.18.55014.650
3.Nam Dang6.58.15014.650
5.Andreas Toba6.38.00014.300
5.Marvin Kimble6.18.20014.300
7.Attila Vlacsil6.08.12514.125
8.Jonathan Horton6.07.80013.800
9.Adam Babos5.48.27513.675
10.Le Thanh Tung5.58.00013.500
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