Competition may be over for ‘King Kohei’ Uchimura but gymnastics goes on

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Japan's two-time Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura waves as he leaves a news conference on his retirement in Tokyo, Japan January 14, 2022

Japan’s two-time Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura waves as he leaves a news conference on his retirement in Tokyo, Japan January 14, 2022. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO– Japanese two-time Olympic all-around champion Kohei Uchimura, one of the best male gymnasts of all time, said on Friday that while he’s retiring from competition, he hopes to keep on with gymnastics for as long as his body will let him.

Dubbed “King Kohei” for his outstanding success, Uchimura won a total of seven Olympic medals, including three golds, at Beijing, London and Rio, but came away empty-handed from the Tokyo Games last year after deciding to concentrate on horizontal bar and crashing out in the qualifying rounds.

“What’s retirement? To me, that means not being a competitor anymore. But I can still be a gymnast,” Uchimura, 33, told a news conference at a Tokyo…

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