Hashimoto Daiki takes All-Japan all-around title, Uchimura Kohei tops high bar

Hashimoto rose from seventh in qualification to take victory as overnight leader Kitazono Takeru dropped to sixth after injuring arm.

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Hashimoto Daiki produced a superb comeback to win his first All-Japan Artistic Gymnastics all-around title at Gunma's Takasaki Arena on Sunday (18 April).

The 19-year-old was only seventh after qualification on Friday after struggling on rings and pommel horse, but managed to put it all together when it counted to give himself a great chance of making his first Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020 later this year.

Meanwhile, two-time Olympic all-around champion Uchimura Kohei showed again that he will be one of the favourites for gold on the high bar with a score of 15.466, three-tenths higher than his score in qualification.

Uchimura was originally awarded 15.766 but his difficulty quotient was corrected to 6.6 from 6.9.

Months after opting not to defend his all-around crown in Tokyo in favour of concentrating on one apparatus, the 32-year-old posted a massive 15.700 at the 2020 All-Japan Championships in December.

Hashimoto's second-day total of 88.532 was over 1.3 points better than anyone else as he took victory with 173.365.

Tanigawa Wataru also improved from qualification, rising from fourth to take second place (172.728), with defending champion Kaya Kazuma (172.696) third.

Miwa Teppei slipped from second to fourth (171.662) with Maeno Fuya (170.264) in fifth.

Kitazono Takeru, who won five golds at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, led after qualifying but struggled on his second vault before suffering an arm injury on the horizontal bar which left him unable to finish his routine.

He had to settle for sixth with 170.197 and will hope to recover in time for next month's NHK Trophy which, combined with this event, will decide who makes the team for Tokyo.