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Murakami: 'That Is My Job, To Show Them The Way'
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A series of flashbacks from the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

All-around silver medalist Mai Murakami is not the oldest member of the Japanese team, but she eagerly accepts the responsibility that comes with her experience.

Asuka (Teramoto) is actually the captain, but I want to lead my teammates with my performances,” said the 22-year-old Murakami. “I want to make lots of young gymnasts in Japan feel ‘I want to be like Mai.’ That is my job – to show them the way by my performance.”

Murakami, who finished third on floor exercise and led Japan to sixth place in the team final in Doha, said she and her teammates understand they will need to fortify their routines to challenge for a team medal in the future.

“I will have to put lots more difficult stuff,” she said. “I need to raise my difficulty score and we need to as a team.”

IG’s John Crumlish was chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

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