Former Japanese champion gymnast, Shigeru Kasamatsu, regained his title in Tokyo on Saturday (8 May) when he won both the freestyle and compulsory exercises at the 1976 All-Japan championship.
LV PAN INT Stadium.
SV Kasamatsu doing floor exercises and scoring 9.65 (2 shots)
SV AND CU Kenmotsu on rings, scoring 9.55. (2 shots)
SV AND CU Tsukahara vaulting and scoreboard.
SV Kasamatsu on horizontal bar and scoring 9.50 (2 shots)
SV AND CU Tsukahara on horizontal bar.
Initials VS 15.35 VS 15.45
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Background: Former Japanese champion gymnast, Shigeru Kasamatsu, regained his title in Tokyo on Saturday (8 May) when he won both the freestyle and compulsory exercises at the 1976 All-Japan championship.
On Saturday he won the freestyle events with a combined total of 114-50 points. The day before he won the compulsory exercises with a total of 170.35 points.
After the championship, selectors announced that Kasamatsu will lead Japan's gymnastic team for this year's Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada.
One of his team mates will be Eizo Kenmotsu who finished second in the championship.
In third place was last year's winner, Mitsuo Tsukahara. His best showing was on the horizontal bar, where he scored the highest mark of the contest -- 9.70.
Gold medal winner in the Mexico and Munich Olympics, Sawao Kato, was fourth and also gained a place in the Montreal team. The other team members are Koji Kajiyama, Shun Fujimoto and Hisato Igarashi.
SYNOPSIS: The seven-member gymnastic team which will represent Japan at the Monteal Olympics this year was announced in Tokyo on Saturday. The announcement followed the All-Japan championships. The team is to be led by Shigeru Kasamatsu, who has figured prominently in Japanese gymnastics for many years. He's a former champion and this year regained his title.
In second place was another former champion, Eizo Kenmotsu. He also earned himself a trip to the Olympics, partly for this performance on the rings.
Last year's winner, Mitsuo Tsukahara, finished third, close behind Kenmotsu and Kasamatsu.
The two-day championships attracted Japan's best gymnasts and the competition was particularly fierce. Here, Kasamatsu goes through his paces on the horizontal bar.
Mitsuo Tsukahara scored the highest mark of the championship with this performance on the horizontal bar - 9.70