3 Jan 1989

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
GAR Artistic Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars  
Men's Horizontal Bar  


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Biographical Information


Olympic Games
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA53710142011
2012London, GBR21610601912
2008Beijing, CHN51510424322

World Championships
2018Doha, QAT-2-2128-3
2017Montreal, QC, CANDNS-30-32--
2015Glasgow, GBR6411092111
2014Nanning, CHN9215121712
2013Antwerp, BEL33110171-
2011Tokyo, JPN1345612
2010Rotterdam, NED214312912
2009London, GBR461213121-

World Cup overview - Best rank per season and event since 2017
2017/20181 x 9th1 x 10th1 x 19th1 x 10th

World Cup - Ten best performances since 2017
92017/2018VaultDoha, QAT14.100
102017/2018Horizontal BarDoha, QAT13.433
102017/2018RingsDoha, QAT14.366
192017/2018Pommel HorseDoha, QAT13.233

FX - Floor Excercise, VT - Vault, HB - Horizontal Bar, PB - Parallel Bars, PH - Pommel Horse, SR - Rings, AA - Individual All-Around, DNS - Did Not Start, DSQ - Disqualified
King Kohei, Superman (insidethegames.biz, 27 Jun 2020; fig-gymnastics.com, 21 Oct 2015; nikkansports.com, 27 Mar 2019)
Nippon Sport Science University, Tokyo, JPN
Wife Chiho, two daughters Toa and Chia
Joycal [Japan]
Hiroaki Sato [personal], JPN, from 2016; Hisashi Mizutori [national], JPN
His mother Shuko competed in artistic gymnastics at university level in Japan, and went on to coach the sport. She returned to competitive action at the 2014 All-Japan Senior Tournament, 30 years after her retirement from gymnastics. (tsunebo.com, 15 Dec 2014; sponichi.co.jp, 16 Sep 2014; nikkansports.com, 21 Sep 2015; gifu-np.co.jp, 20 Sep 2020)
2005 for Japan (FIG, 08 Jan 2010)
He suffered injuries to both his shoulders at the 2019 All Japan Championships, which ruled him out of contention for the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. (nikkansports.com, 27 May 2019, 26 Jun 2020; news.yahoo.co.jp, 16 Jul 2019; nhk.or.jp, 07 Jan 2020; tokyo-np.co.jp, 13 Feb 2020)

In September 2018 he suffered a right ankle ligament injury that prevented him from competing in the individual all-around event at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 02 Oct 2018; mainichi.jp, 24 Apr 2019)

In October 2017 he was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his left ankle, sustained at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada, where he withdrew from the competition. (intlgymnast.com, 03 Oct 2017; mainichi.jp, 24 Apr 2019; sponichi.co.jp, 24 Jul 2019)

He was hampered by a shoulder injury in the build-up to the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (bbc.co.uk, 23 Oct 2015)
He began gymnastics in 1992 at the Sports Club Uchimura in Isahaya, Japan, which his parents ran. He took up the sport seriously after high school. (yahoo.co.jp, 09 May 2008; nikkansports.com, 27 Mar 2019)
His parents owned a sports club. (time.com, 24 Jul 2008)
To win gold on horizontal bar at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (nhk.or.jp, 07 Jan 2020; nikkansports.com, 26 Jun 2020)
Winning four medals, including two gold, at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. (intlgymnast.com, 30 Apr 2018)
His father. (tv-asahi.co.jp, 05 Jun 2018)
"Despite losing, I always stay positive. It is my strength. Those who are always positive can dominate the world." (Mainichi Shimbun YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2019)
In 2019 he was named one of the Japanese Olympic Committee's [JOC] Symbol Athletes. (Japan Olympic Team YouTube channel, 29 Aug 2019)

In 2016 and 2018 he received the Seiko Excellence Award in Japan. (jpn-gym.or.jp, 20 May 2018)

In 2012 and 2017 he was presented with the Medal with Purple Ribbon by the government of Japan. (uchimura-kohei.com, 10 Oct 2018)

In 2017 he received the Olympic Special Award at the Japan Sports Awards. (uchimura-kohei.com, 10 Oct 2018)

He was given an Excellence Award at the JOC Sports Awards in 2009, 2010 and 2015. (joc.or.jp, 2015)

In 2015 he was presented with the Big Sports Award at the 49th TV Asahi Big Sports Awards in Japan. (oricon.co.jp, 16 Jan 2015)

He was presented with the Best Athlete of the Year Award at the JOC Sports Awards in 2010, 2012 and 2014. (uchimura-kohei.com, 29 Dec 2016)

He received the Prize for Elegance at the world championships in 2011, 2013 and 2014. (fig-gymnastics.com, 26 Oct 2017)

He received the Special Honorary Award at the 2013 JOC Sports Awards. (uchimura-kohei.com, 10 Oct 2018)

General Interest

He said he expects the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to be a significantly different experience compared to his previous Olympic appearances in 2008, 2012 and 2016. As he has been troubled by shoulder problems, he decided in mid-2020 to focus only on the horizontal bar in Tokyo. He also said that he had thought about retiring from international competition after Tokyo, but was yet to make a final decision. "For me, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is not like the Olympics that I have competed in before. It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. It is the biggest goal of my life. I can even say that I was born for it. It almost feels like a miracle. I just thought that it was no longer realistic for me to do all six disciplines anymore and felt the horizontal bar is where my best shot at the Olympics was. I want to go to the Games pain-free rather than put myself in pain to compete in six." (Olympic channel Instagram profile, 31 Aug 2020; news.yahoo.co.jp, 30 Jul 2020; nikkansports.com, 26 Mar 2020; Mainichi Shimbun YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2019; nhk.or.jp, 07 Jan 2020, 26 Jun 2020; tokyo-sports.co.jp, 02 Jul 2020)

He was not able to secure a spot for the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, due to shoulder injuries sustained at the 2019 All Japan Championships. He had previously competed at every world championships since 2009. "It was difficult to watch the world championships in 2019 from Japan, because I always expected to be there. I never imagined that this would happen to me before my retirement from competition. However, when I look back on my achievements, maybe things went too smoothly for me. Sometimes I was asked about how to overcome tough times before and after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and I didn't really know what to say. But if I'm asked it again now, I would say that it's okay to fail or fall down. Despite not being selected to the national team and suffering shoulder injuries, it forms an experience that is part of my life. Perhaps it was something I had to experience in order to continue artistic gymnastics." (nhk.or.jp, 07 Jan 2020)


At the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, he became the first male Japanese artistic gymnast to have competed at eight editions of the world championships. He equalled the record of female artistic gymnast Kyoko Oshima who has also competed at eight editions of the tournament. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Aug 2020)

At the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, he became the first Japanese artistic gymnast of either gender to have won a career total of eight world championship gold medals. He won three gold medals in Glasgow, meaning he was also the first Japanese artistic gymnast to win nine and 10 world championship gold medals. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Aug 2020)

At the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, People's Republic of China, he became the first Japanese artistic gymnast of either gender to win a career total of 16 world championship medals of any colour. After the 2018 edition his tally had risen to 21 total world championship medals. He did not compete at the 2019 edition. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Aug 2020)
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