Despite some error-prone performances at the qualifying rounds on Saturday, the Japanese team has successfully dethroned the Chinese team at the recently held Olympic gymnastics team event finals on Monday.
The Japanese team once again established themselves as the most successful team in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics after claiming their seventh Olympic title, beating Russia and the defending champion China.
Beating the Chinese team has always been the main objective of the Japanese artistic gymnastics star, Kohei Uchimura. China has been the owner of Olympic team title for more than eight years, successfully dominating the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. For 8 years, Japan has been deprived of the Olympic team gold medal, settling for silvers behind China.
This time, the table has been turned, and the Japanese men’s team has once again proved their dominance in the discipline of artistic gymnastics. And with Kohei Uchimura, the world’s most successful artistic gymnast, leading the team, the outcome of the competition was not really that surprising.
The Japanese team looked pretty satisfied and extremely happy of the competition’s results, as they finally earned the long-awaited team gold.
With a total score of 274.094, the Japanese team claimed the top spot and finished comfortably ahead of the Russian team. China, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic team champions, settled for the third spot.
Personal Victory for Uchimura
Winning the Olympic team gold was the sweetest fulfillment of Uchimura’s long-held dream. For Uchimura, who owns team silvers from the 2008 and the 2012 Olympic Games, winning the Olympic team title has been always his ultimate goal, even more important than winning another All-around title.
At his previous statements, the 27-year-old gymnast has repeatedly mentioned that he cares more about acquiring the team gold medal than winning another all-around title at the 2016 Rio Olympics. “Winning the individual gold would make me happy, but the team gold means you get five times the happiness,” said Uchimura.
Uchimura now owns a total of six Olympic medals, and having already won his first gold at this Olympic Games, his next target is to defend his All-around title at the competition on Wednesday. He will have a third chance to acquire another medal for his collection on the Floor Exercise Finals, an event where he obtained the Olympic silver in 2012.
As of now, no other team has been more successful in an Olympic men’s gymnastics competition than the Japanese, who acquired five Olympic team gold medals between 1960 and 1976, as well as in Athens in 2004.
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