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UCHIMURA Kohei
Japan
JPN
Title
Mr
Lastname
UCHIMURA
Firstname
Kohei
Gender
male
Country
Japan
Place of birth
FUKUOKA
Year of birth
1989 (32 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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Nickname
King Kohei, Superman (insidethegames.biz, 27 Jun 2020; fig-gymnastics.com, 21 Oct 2015; nikkansports.com, 27 Mar 2019)
Occupation
Athlete
Education
Nippon Sport Science University, Tokyo, JPN
Family
Wife Chiho, two daughters Toa and Chia
Spoken languages
Japanese
Club
Ringer Hut [Japan]
Coach
Hiroaki Sato [personal], JPN, from 2016; Hisashi Mizutori [national], JPN (gymnastics.sport, 06 Dec 2018; fig-gymnastics.com, 29 Oct 2018)
Sporting relatives
His mother Shuko competed in artistic gymnastics at university level in Japan, and went on to coach the sport. She participated in the 2014 All-Japan Senior Tournament 30 years after her retirement from gymnastics. (tsunebo.com, 15 Dec 2014; sponichi.co.jp, 16 Sep 2014)
International senior debut
2005 for Japan (FIG, 08 Jan 2010)
Injuries
He suffered injuries to both his shoulders at the 2019 All Japan Championships, which ruled him out of contention for the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. (nikkansports.com, 27 May 2019, 26 Jun 2020; news.yahoo.co.jp, 16 Jul 2019; nhk.or.jp, 07 Jan 2020; tokyo-np.co.jp, 13 Feb 2020)

In September 2018 he suffered a right ankle ligament injury that prevented him from competing in the individual all-around event at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 02 Oct 2018; mainichi.jp, 24 Apr 2019)

In October 2017 he was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his left ankle, sustained at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada, where he withdrew from the competition. (intlgymnast.com, 03 Oct 2017; mainichi.jp, 24 Apr 2019; sponichi.co.jp, 24 Jul 2019)

He was hampered by a shoulder injury in the build-up to the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (bbc.co.uk, 23 Oct 2015)
Start sporting career
He began gymnastics in 1992 at the Sports Club Uchimura in Isahaya, Japan, which his parents ran. He took up the sport seriously after high school. (yahoo.co.jp, 09 May 2008; nikkansports.com, 27 Mar 2019)
Reason for taking up the sport
His parents owned a sports club. (time.com, 24 Jul 2008)
Milestones
At the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, he became the first male Japanese artistic gymnast to have competed at eight editions of the world championships. He equalled the record of female artistic gymnast Kyoko Oshima who has also competed at eight editions of the tournament. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Aug 2020)

At the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, he became the first Japanese artistic gymnast of either gender to have won a career total of eight world championship gold medals. He won three gold medals in Glasgow, meaning he was also the first Japanese artistic gymnast to win nine and 10 world championship gold medals. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Aug 2020)

At the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, People's Republic of China, he became the first Japanese artistic gymnast of either gender to win a career total of 16 world championship medals of any colour. After the 2018 edition his tally had risen to 21 total world championship medals. He did not compete at the 2019 edition. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Aug 2020)
Ambitions
To win gold on the horizontal bar at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (nhk.or.jp, 07 Jan 2020; nikkansports.com, 26 Jun 2020)
Trainings
His trains up to six hours a day. In the Japanese winter months he trains in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. (mainichi.jp, 24 Apr 2019; nhk.or.jp, 07 Jan 2020; nishinippon.co.jp, 25 Mar 2020)
Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning four medals including two golds at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. (intlgymnast.com, 30 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol
His father. (tv-asahi.co.jp, 05 Jun 2018)
Philosophy / Motto
"Despite losing, I always stay positive. It is my strength. Those who are always positive can dominate the world." (Mainichi Shimbun YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2019)
Awards
In 2019 he was named one of the Japanese Olympic Committee's [JOC] Symbol Athletes. (Japan Olympic Team YouTube channel, 29 Aug 2019)

In 2016 and 2018 he received the Seiko Excellence Award in Japan. (jpn-gym.or.jp, 20 May 2018)

In 2012 and 2017 he was presented with the Medal with Purple Ribbon by the government of Japan. (uchimura-kohei.com, 10 Oct 2018)

In 2017 he received the Olympic Special Award at the Japan Sports Awards. (uchimura-kohei.com, 10 Oct 2018)

He was given an Excellence Award at the JOC Sports Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2015. (joc.or.jp, 2015)

In 2015 he was presented with the Big Sports Award at the 49th TV Asahi Big Sports Awards in Japan. (oricon.co.jp, 16 Jan 2015)

He was presented with the Best Athlete of the Year Award at the JOC Sports Awards in 2010, 2012 and 2014. (uchimura-kohei.com, 29 Dec 2016)

He received the Prize for Elegance at the world championships in 2011, 2013 and 2014. (fig-gymnastics.com, 26 Oct 2017)

He received the Special Honorary Award at the 2013 JOC Sports Awards. (uchimura-kohei.com, 10 Oct 2018)
Additional information
General
TOKYO A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME CHANCE
He said he expects the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to be a significantly different experience compared to his previous Olympic appearances in 2008, 2012 and 2016. As he has been troubled by shoulder problems, he indicated in mid-2020 that he may only focus on the horizontal bar in Tokyo. He also said that he had thought about retiring from international competition after Tokyo, but was yet to make a final decision. "For me, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is not like the Olympics that I have competed in before. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. It is the biggest goal of my life. I can even say that I was born for it. It almost feels like a miracle." (news.yahoo.co.jp, 30 Jul 2020; nikkansports.com, 26 Mar 2020; Mainichi Shimbun YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2019; nhk.or.jp, 07 Jan 2020, 26 Jun 2020; tokyo-sports.co.jp, 02 Jul 2020)

TOUGH TIME
He was not able to secure a spot for the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, due to shoulder injuries sustained at the 2019 All Japan Championships. He had previously competed at every world championships since 2009. "It was difficult to watch the world championships in 2019 from Japan, because I always expected to be there. I never imagined that this would happen to me before my retirement from competition. However, when I look back on my achievements, maybe things went too smoothly for me. Sometimes I was asked about how to overcome tough times before and after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and I didn't really know what to say. But if I'm asked it again now, I would say that it's okay to fail or fall down. Despite not being selected to the national team and suffering shoulder injuries, it forms an experience that is part of my life. Perhaps it was something I had to experience in order to continue artistic gymnastics." (nhk.or.jp, 07 Jan 2020)

Last update : 2020-08-11

Olympic Games

2016 - Games of the XXXI Olympiad RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
92.365 
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
90.498 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
5
Score Final
15.241
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.533
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
14.966
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
14.700
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
15.466
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
37
Score Qualif.
14.300
Team
Rank Final
1
Score Final
274.094
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
269.294

2012 - Games of the XXX Olympiad LONDON (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
92.690 
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
89.764 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.800
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.766
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
60
Score Qualif.
12.466
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
19
Score Qualif.
14.966
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.533
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
16
Score Qualif.
15.000
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
271.952
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
270.503

2008 - Games of the XXIX Olympiad BEIJING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
2
Score Final
91.975 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
5
Score Final
15.575
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
278.875
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
World Championships

2018 - 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships DOHA (QAT)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
187
Score Qualif.
41.466 
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
21
Score Qualif.
12.966
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
28
Score Qualif.
13.900
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
2
Score Final
14.800
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
14.600
Team
Rank Final
3
Score Final
253.744
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
253.312

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
81
Score Qualif.
43.199 
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
32
Score Qualif.
14.000
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
30
Score Qualif.
14.033

2015 - 46th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
92.332 
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
90.564 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
64
Score Qualif.
14.166
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
15.133
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
21
Score Qualif.
14.800
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
15.466
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.833
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.366
Team
Rank Final
1
Score Final
270.818
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
358.884

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
91.965 
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
92.165 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.800
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
15.166
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
15.266
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
15
Score Qualif.
15.333
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.725
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.200
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
273.269
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
361.609

2013 - 44th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ANTWERP (BEL)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
91.990 
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
91.924 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.500
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.333
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
15.133
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
17
Score Qualif.
15.000
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.666
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
15.400
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.633
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.658

2011 - 43rd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
93.631 
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
92.256 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.633
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.466
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
5
Score Final
14.533
Rank Qualif.
5
Score Qualif.
15.433
Still Rings
Rank Final
6
Score Final
14.633
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
15.233
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.500
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
15.391
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
3
Score Final
16.333
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.533
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
273.093
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
364.291

2010 - 42nd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ROTTERDAM (NED)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
92.331 
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
92.231 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.533
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
14.966
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
15.133
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
8
Score Qualif.
15.400
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
3
Score Final
15.500
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
15.366
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
15.033
Team
Rank Final
2
Score Final
273.769
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
361.400

2009 - 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships LONDON (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
91.500 
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
90.925 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
4
Score Final
15.475
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.775
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
14.750
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
15.100
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
12
Score Qualif.
15.050
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
6
Score Final
15.175
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
15.250
World / Challenge Cup

2018 - FIG World Cup 2018 DOHA (QAT)

Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
19
Score Qualif.
13.233
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
14.366
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
14.100
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
10
Score Qualif.
13.433

2014 - Tokyo Cup 2014 C II TOKYO (JPN)

All-Around
Rank Final
1
Score Final
92.898 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-