6/1/2018 10:47:03 AM (GMT+3)

Uchimura says he is fit and ready for FIG World Championships

Uchimura says he is fit and ready for FIG World Championships

DOHA: Six-time all-around world champion Kohei Uchimura allayed fears of being ‘unfit’ after he failed to qualify in the men’s rings and pommel horse at the 11th FIG Artistic FIG Individual World Cup, which started here on Wednesday.

“Ankle is good. I’m fit for the competition,” Uchimura told www.dohagym.com.

The 28-year-old had hurt his ankle during a training session in Montreal which led to his ouster from the FIG Artistic World Championships last October.

There was a lot of hope and excitement when he returned to action at the Aspire Dome, but disappointment writ large on his face after failing in back-to-back apparatus.

It was a start that ‘King Kohei’ wants to forget in a hurry.

“I was participating in a top event after almost six months. The power was missing for a good landing on the rings. It was just 60 per cent effort which isn’t good. I will have to work a bit more hard,” he said.

The Japanese is also the reigning champion in the last two Olympic Games, the longest streak of dominance in gymnastics history.

“The competition isn’t that easy. It’s an Apparatus World Cup and if you commit a simple mistake, you’re out of contention,” added the 28-year-old, who will be seen in action on the horizontal bar qualifiers on Thursday.

“I’m confident that I will be able to make it this time. I’ll have to perform to best of my ability,” Uchimura said.