Japanese Gymnastics Legend Uchimura to Retire


Tokyo, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura, a two-time Olympic individual all-around champion, will retire from competition, his agency said Tuesday.

He is slated to hold a press conference Friday to announce his retirement. Uchimura, 33, is thought to be one of the world's greatest gymnasts of all time, earning him the nickname of "king" overseas.

Since making his first Olympic appearance at the 2008 Beijing Games, Uchimura has long led the Japanese men's gymnastics team.

He won a gold medal in the men's individual all-around at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In the Rio Games, Uchimura also performed as a member of the Japanese men's national team, contributing to its winning of all-around team gold.

After the 2016 Games, Uchimura became the first Japanese professional gymnast. But his glittering career then began to show signs of losing luster as he suffered one injury after another, first in the left ankle and then in the right ankle and both shoulders.

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