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Teramoto, Kato earn worlds berths as Uchimura wins 5th NHK Cup

Kohei Uchimura became the first five-time consecutive men’s champion of the NHK Cup on Sunday, when 17-year-old Asuka Teramoto and Ryohei Kato earned the two available berths to this year’s world championships.

Uchimura, who added London Olympic gold to his three world championships in the men’s individual all-around, finished first after two days at Yoyogi National Gymnasium with 273.575 points. Uchimura was already guaranteed a spot in the worlds in Antwerp, Belgium, starting on Sept. 30.

“Overall, I was able to avoid mistakes and hit my landings,” Uchimura said. “It was close to my ideal performance. However, it should be obvious that I went with a lower level of difficulty today. If you perform difficult techniques, you can’t be perfect and you can’t be satisfied.”

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