INCHEON (AFP) – Japan’s Yuya Kamoto took gold in the Asian Games men’s individual all-round gymnastics on Tuesday as China again missed out on the medals.
Kamoto, the 2010 Youth Olympics all-round gold medallist, beat Masayoshi Yamamoto into silver for an all-Japan one-two at Incheon’s Namdong Gymnasium.
After slumping to third in the team event on Sunday, powerhouses China were hoping to bounce back, but their duo had to settle for fourth and fifth as South Korea’s Lee Sangwook took bronze.
Kamoto finished top of the qualifying round and picked up where he left off, earning high marks for execution across the six disciplines, including two above 9.0.
The 20-year-old said he felt relieved by the victory — Japan’s first in the event in 36 years.
“Winning these events have been my goal ever since I was se-lected as a national team member, so I feel like a load has been lifted from my mind,” he said.
China’s fourth-placed Huang Yuguo lamented letting himself be distracted by errors early in his round.
“I didn’t feel comfortable when I was performing. I think it’s because of mistakes in pommel bars at the beginning,” he said.