Uchimura warns against China fixation

Japan superstar Kohei Uchimura has told his team-mates not to obsess about Olympic rivals China, after the two Asian powerhouses disappointed in men's artistic gymnastics qualifying.

Japan and China, the dominant force in Beijing in 2008, had been expected to fight it out for the major honours in London, but they were eclipsed by the United States, Russia and hosts Great Britain on Saturday's opening day.

Japan ended the day in fifth position in the overall team ranking, with reigning Olympic champions China one place below them in sixth.

With China having competed in the first qualifying session on Saturday morning, Japan knew about their rivals' travails when they emerged for the second session at the North Greenwich Arena, but still they struggled.

Uchimura's uneven display was emblematic of Japan's difficulties.

Tipped for gold in the men's individual all-around competition, the three-time world champion fell off the high bar and the pommel horse and left the arena with the ninth-highest individual score of the day.

The slates will be wiped clean when the teams resume hostilities in the team competition on Monday, and Uchimura says Japan cannot afford to be distracted by China again.

"We were all more or less thinking about how the Chinese were going to perform, so it might have affected our performance today," he said.

"From now on, we'll try not to think about how the Chinese team are going to do and just try to do our best."

Uchimura said he was "not worried" about his own performance levels, but conceded that improvements needed to be made.

"I'll try not to make any more mistakes," he said. "We'll practise tomorrow (Sunday), so I'll try to improve."

Such is the difficulty level of Uchimura's routines that he can usually afford to make mistakes and still record higher scores than most of his rivals.

His fall from the high bar was a bridge too far, however, and his score of 15.000 deprived him of a place in the event final.

Meanwhile, miscalculations elsewhere, coupled with better performances by his team-mates and rivals, mean that his only chances of individual gold now lie in the all-around event and on the floor.

Prior to the start of the Olympics, Uchimura insisted his primary motivation was ensuring Japan win the team gold, and team coach Takahiro Moriizumi said he remained a dedicated team-player.

"The thing with Uchimura is that everyone in the world thinks he is just interested in being a star, but we are all playing as a team," he said.

"We talk about this in our meetings. If someone makes a mistake, other people will cover, because we are competing as a team."

Japan and China will resume hostilities in the team competition on Monday, with the men's individual all-around title due to be contested on Wednesday.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Is your home on top of a faultline?
    Is your home on top of a faultline?

    The Philippine Institute of Volcanoly and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) recently issued an updated and high-resolution "atlas" of the East Valley Fault and West Valley Fault, two major faultlines that run through sections of Metro Manila. Metro Manila may be due for a 7.2-magnitude earthquake within this lifetime, say experts from the institute, among them PHIVOLCS director Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr. According to records, the last major earthquake caused by the West Valley Fault took place 357 years …

  • Filipina maid photographs "modern slavery" in Hong Kong

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Filipina maid in Hong Kong has published stark photographs of burned and beaten domestic workers to highlight the "modern slavery" she says has long been the city's shameful secret. "Hong Kong is a very modern, successful city but people treat their helpers like slaves," said Xyza Cruz Bacani, whose black and white portraits won her a scholarship from the Magnum Foundation to start studying at New York University this month. It's common …

  • Want to buy a brand new car?
    Want to buy a brand new car?

    Tired of fixing your old car? Maybe, this is the best time for you to invest a brand new car. BPI Family Savings Bank, the country’s leading consumer bank, is extending its newest campaign “Bagong Kotse, 1-Month Libre” promo until June 30, 2015 which allows potential car buyers to avail of a car loan term up […] The post Want to buy a brand new car? appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • ‘Kentex owners still in Phl’
    ‘Kentex owners still in Phl’

    The daughter of one of the Kentex Manufacturing Corp. owners has assured the government that the businessmen are still in the Philippines, contrary to some reports that they have fled the country. Barbara Ang, daughter of Kentex shareholder Veato Ang, said her father and his business partners have no plans of leaving the country despite the razing of the Valenzuela slipper factory, which killed 72 workers on May 13. Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian also stood by his promise to punish any local …

  • Lawmakers to review building code provisions
    Lawmakers to review building code provisions

    Lawmakers are set to review provisions of the National Building Code and Republic Act 10121, or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, to strengthen contingencies and policies to prepare the country for possible major earthquakes. The move came following proposals from Reps. Winston Castelo of Quezon City and Lito Atienza of the Buhay party-list to review the two laws and other regulations during a hearing of the House committee on Metro Manila development on the …

  • Noy: Phl may attain first world status with continued reforms
    Noy: Phl may attain first world status with continued reforms

    The Philippines’ attaining first world status may soon be imminent if significant reforms initiated by the current administration would be consistently pursued, President Aquino suggested yesterday. “Kung madidiligan ang ating mga pinunla, at makaka-graduate ang mga pinag-aaral natin upang makapasok sa maaayos na trabaho, baka po tuluyan nang nasa first world status tayo sa panahong iyon (If we water the seeds sown and those we sent to school will find better jobs, then time will come that …

  • Phl won’t recognize China air restrictions
    Phl won’t recognize China air restrictions

    The Philippines will not recognize restrictions on air and sea travel set by China in the West Philippine Sea, President Aquino said yesterday. “We will still fly the routes that we fly based on international law and the various conventions, agreements that have been entered into through various decades,” Aquino told reporters in an ambush interview after inspecting the Marikina Elementary School in preparation for the opening of classes in June. But he expressed confidence that China would …

  • Rainy season likely in 2nd week of June
    Rainy season likely in 2nd week of June

    Filipinos may have to wait until the second or third week of June for rain, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday. Rene Paciente, chief of PAGASA’s marine meteorological services section, said they expect the rainy season to start in the second or third week of June. The criteria for declaring the onset of the rainy season include the prevalence of the southwest monsoon and the 25-millimeter rainfall recorded in at least five …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options