Gymastics great crashes out in home Games

A fall in qualifying effectively ended the great Olympic career of Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura.
A fall in qualifying effectively ended the great Olympic career of Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura.

Two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura's stellar Olympic career is over.

The 32-year-old Japanese gymnast, considered by many the greatest of all time, fell during qualifying on high bar and will not advance to the event finals at his home Games.

Competing at his fourth Olympics, Uchimura, the 2012 and 2016 all-around gold medallist, was midway through his set when he peeled off while doing a complicated connection. He picked himself up and finished his routine, drilling his dismount.

His score of 13.866 placed him outside of the top eight, meaning he will not make the finals. Uchimura competed as an individual, meaning he will not be part of the team final on Monday.

Uchimura waved to the judges and received a round of applause inside the largely empty Ariake Gymnastics Centre before quickly exiting the competition floor.

Australian Associated Press