The All-Japan Student Championships in Niigata this weekend saw some excellent work from the nation’s top elite gymnasts who also happen to be university students.
Olympian Asuka Teramoto won the gold all-around medal with a huge 58.85, a career-high for the 19-year-old. Competing for Chukyo University, her performance featured a solid Rudi vault along with excellent hit routines on the remainder of her events, including an excellent beam performance for a 14.95. Her score there was enough for gold on beam, and she added a third gold on bars with a 14.5. On vault, she earned the silver medal with a 15.05, while on floor, her 14.35 was good enough to tie for fourth place.
Mai Murakami, also 19, led the team from Nippon Sport Science University with a 57.95 in the all-around to take home the silver medal. Her DTY was excellent, earning a 15.1 for gold, and with a pair of 14.5s on beam and floor, she added two bronze medals to her collection. Her bars routine, while not as strong as her others, was hit for a 13.85, good enough for sixth place.
Wakana Inoue of the University of Tsukuba and Akiho Sato of NSSU tied for the bronze all-around medal, each notching a 56.1. Inoue stood out especially on floor, where her 14.6 was good enough for gold; she also placed eighth on vault and beam with scores of 14.05 and 13.75, respectively. Sato’s best finishes were fourth on floor with a 14.35, fifth on vault with a 14.3, and eighth on bars with a 13.75.
Rounding out the top eight were Yuka Yamamoto of Kokushikan University in fifth with a 56.05, Yui Terao of NSSU in sixth with a 55.5, Mizuho Nagai of NSSU in seventh with a 54.95, and Honoka Koga of NSSU in eighth with a 54.9. Nagai was the vault bronze medalist with a 15.0, Koga was the bars silver medalist with a 14.35, Terao was the beam silver medalist with a 14.7, and Yamamoto was the floor silver medalist with a 14.55. Yui Fujii of Kokushikan University also picked up a medal with her bronze on bars, where she scored a 14.2.
The competition featured 83 Japanese gymnasts at the university level. Full results are available here.
Article by Lauren Hopkins