Two Olympic victories, five world championship titles, unbeaten in the all-around for seven years – but Japan’s exceptional gymnast Kohei Uchimura does not see his career as perfect.
“If you ask me if I’m happy with my career, I have to say no,” said the 33-year-old on Friday in Tokyo, three days after his official retirement.
According to “King Kohei”, he feels great gratitude for his sporting path: “But this word does not adequately describe my appreciation for artistic gymnastics. This sport was everything I knew since I was three years old. It made me to the person I am today.”
Uchimura ended his unprecedented career in October last year with a sixth place on high bar at the World Championships in his hometown of Kitakyushu. In March there will be a big gymnastics gala in Tokyo to say goodbye to him.