14. October 2018  
Tokyo, JPN  
Artistic Gymnastics

Kohei Uchimura wants to compete at Worlds despite ankle injury

The Japan Gymnastics Association revealed Kohei UCHIMURA injured his right ankle during a recent practice for the upcoming world championships in Qatar. Uchimura, a six-time world all-around champion, injured ligaments in the ankle while landing a vault at the National Training Center on September 25.
The 29-year-old, who suffered a similar injury to his left ankle at last year’s Worlds in Montreal (CAN), is still planning to compete at the world championships in Doha from October 25 to Nov. 3. “It’s not as bad as last year, so I’m still hopeful,” said Uchimura, the two-time defending Olympic all-around champ recently to the Japanese press: “It’s too early to rule myself out of all six apparatuses. I want to go to Doha to compete.”
In April, Uchimura was unsuccessful in his bid to win an 11th straight Japanese Nationals 2018, finishing third behind the youngsters Kakeru Tanigawa and "twist king" Kenzo Shirai.