Pokemon Go-loving Uchimura still a 'monster' in gymnastics

SOARING CHAMPION: Uchimura, who snagged a second all-around men's title on Wednesday for a third Olympic gold, has been unbeaten since bagging the first of his six world all-around titles in 2009. The 27-year-old puts his success down to sweat and guts.


    Aug 12, 2016

    Pokemon Go-loving Uchimura still a 'monster' in gymnastics

    "SWEAT and guts" are the secrets of Kohei Uchimura's incredible success story, the Japanese gymnastics great said on Wednesday after claiming a second all-around men's title for a third Olympic gold.

    A soaring horizontal bar routine saw the 27-year-old snatch the coveted individual title ahead of Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev, winning by just 0.099, in a thrilling final in the Rio Olympic Arena.

    Britain's Max Whitlock took bronze.

    Uchimura had been behind his 22-year-old rival going onto the final apparatus but sealed gold with an acrobatic display involving spectacular swings and turns.

    "I can't really explain why I have maintained this supremacy," said Uchimura, unbeaten since taking the first of his record six world all-around titles in 2009.

    "It's sheer guts and determination, I think," he continued.

    "I have been pushing and pushing to continue and it has paid off."

    Uchimura made headlines at the start of the Rio Games after racking up a 500,000 yen (S$6,600) bill playing Pokemon Go on his arrival in Brazil.

    But it was down to business as he helped Japan on Monday reclaim the team title they last won in 2004, to add to the world title they won last year.

    "King Kohei" becomes the first man to defend his title since countryman Sawao Kato in 1972, whom he joins on a record three Olympic all-around medals, after silver in 2008.