Olympic gymnastics champion suffered a fall and was eliminated

Kohei Uchimura, gold medalist in 2012 and 2016, failed to reach the bar final with a rating of 13,866

Kohei Uchimura, Olympic gymnastics champion in 2012 and 2016, fell off the bar, the only apparatus that will compete in the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, and your note of 13,866 it will not give you to enter the final.

This accident, suffered in the Olympic Games disputed in his country, came at the most inopportune moment for king Kohei, but it does not blur his exceptional career one bit, that of the best gymnast in history.

At 32 years old, Uchimura He gave up taking part in the team competition as he considered himself older to do a good job. He wanted to focus like this on fighting for a medal at the bar, where he wanted to sign “the perfect exercise”. It was not possible.

With a routine of 6,600 difficulty, the highest presented so far in the Games, the six-time world champion began his exercise in a spectacular way, with three high-risk releases that he executed safely.

However, at the end of the program, in a movement on the bar with double twist, one hand was released and he fell to the ground.

It took him a few endless seconds to straighten up and go back to the bar, where he completed the same movement, this time without issue. It ended with a perfect start. A single mistake cost him the final.

On the 21st, in training, he fell at the same time. “It was becoming so comfortable for me that I relaxed,” he said.

When the gymnast left the stage there were still more than half of the participants to go through the bar, but he was already fourteenth in the classification of that apparatus and only eight will go to the final.

This performance may put an end to the career of Uchimura, although he has never claimed that these Games were his farewell.

Those of Tokyo They are the fourths for the Japanese, who, in Rio, in addition to revalidating the Olympic title in an exciting final against the Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev – everything was decided precisely at the bar – won the gold for teams that resisted him.

Born on January 3, 1989 in the city of Kitakyushu, in southwestern Japan, Uchimura He is the son of gymnasts Kazuhisa and Shuko Uchimura and he got on a device for the first time when he was 3 years old.

His mother opened a gymnastics club in his hometown, Isahaya, and there the little one became familiar with acrobatics. When I turn 15 years old Kohei he moved to Tokyo To train alongside Olympic champion Naoya Tsukahara, he won team gold in Athens 2004. Three years later he joined the Japanese national team.

He is the gymnast, male or female, with the most world titles, six, in the full contest: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

In the last cycle, injuries prevented him from adding new triumphs. “If the next Games weren’t in Tokyo I would have retired by now, “he said.

His sad face at the Ariake gym in Tokyo, after falling and while his teammates finished their exercises, it will be one of the images of this Olympic fortnight.