10/30/2018 7:04:35 AM (GMT+3)

We need to work hard for 2020 Tokyo Games, says Uchimura

We need to work hard for 2020 Tokyo Games, says Uchimura

DOHA: Six-time world All-around champion Kohei Uchimura felt that Japan team need to put in a lot of efforts before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Japan finished third in the MAG Team final behind China and Russia at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships here on Monday which also handed the legend Kohei Uchimura his 20th Worlds medal.

“The five of us did our best, but found out there are many things we need to work on. We can work together and win the gold in the Olympics. Hopefully, that’s what we want to do,” said Uchimura.

Japan, who collected 253.744 points, finished behind China (256.634) and Russian Federation (256.585).

The 29-year-old felt that this ankle injury a month before the Doha Worlds restricted his performances.

“I feel very bad for my team-mates because I had injuries from the beginning, and I was not happy about that,” said Uchimura, who also missed last year’s edition in Montreal, Canada, due to ankle injury on vault landing during the qualifications.

On not competing on all six apparatus in the team final here, he added, “Until the list minute, I thought I could do it. However, it wasn’t possible. As a result, I had 50-50 feelings.”