Tanaka qualifies for FIG 2018 Artistics World Championships
DOHA: Olympic gold medallist Yusuke Tanaka qualified for this autumn's FIG 48th Artistic World Championships here after he defended men's parallel bars title at Japan's apparatus national championships.
Tanaka, a member of Japan's gold-medal winning men's team at the 2016 Rio Games, secured a berth for the October 25-November 3 competition along with Wataru Tanigawa and Kazuma Kaya.
They will join two-time Olympic overall men's champion Kohei Uchimura and Kenzo Shirai, who had already been selected.
“I achieved my targets,” Tanaka told www.mainichi.jp. “The meet gave me confidence. Now I am aiming to win team gold at the Worlds.”
Tanaka earned 15.233 points in the parallel bars at Takasaki Arena followed by Tanigawa's younger brother Kakeru, the reigning overall national champion.
Kaya, who competed at the 2015 worlds, was third in the pommel horse.
Tanigawa, who represented Japan at last year's worlds, was runner-up in the floor exercise, won by Shirai for the sixth-straight time.
Meanwhile, Japan's youngest overall national champion Kakeru Tanigawa won’t compete at the Worlds, but the 19-year-old will represent Japan at next month’s Asian Games.
The Japan Gymnastics Association has named six candidates and will select five gymnasts to compete at the Doha event.