The King & Queen of Gymnastics: Uchimura & Biles

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The success of Kohei Uchimura of Japan and Simone Biles of the USA is unprecedented in the world of Artistic Gymnastics.

Kohei Uchimura

Uchimura has dominated the world of Men’s Artistic Gymnastics since 2009.  He has accumulated an astonishing six consecutive gold medals in the All-Around at World Championships.

Uchimura winning his 6th World Championships. Photo: insidethegames.biz
Uchimura winning his 6th World Championships.
Photo: insidethegames.biz

There has not been a single man that has ever even come close to accomplishing such a tremendous feat.  Since 1903 there has been only four men who have won the All-Around in more than one World Championships, consecutive and non-consecutive years.

All these men have only won the All-Around twice at a World Championships:

  1. Peter Sumi (Yugoslavia): 1922 & 1926
  2. Dimitri Bilozertchev (Russia): 1983 & 1987
  3. Ivan Ivankov (Belarus): 1994 & 1997
  4. Yang Wei (China): 2006 & 2007

Then there is Kohei Uchimura.  He has won the All-Around six consecutive times; 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and now 2015.  (2012 was an Olympic year)

From these five men, Yang Wei and Kohei Uchimura are the only men to also win a gold medal at an Olympic Games.

There have been only three men to win more than one All-Around Olympic gold medal; Alberto Braglia (Italy) in 1908 & 1912, Vikor Chukarin (Soviet Union) in 1952 & 1956, and Sawao Kato (Japan) in 1968 & 1972.

The question now is, can Uchimura join these men by winning a second consecutive Olympic gold medal?

Simone Biles

Since the 2012 Olympic Games, Simone Biles of the United States has been the top female gymnast in the world at every major international competition she has entered.

Simone celebrating her 3rh win at World Championships. Photo: channelnewsasia.com
Simone celebrating her 3rh win at World Championships.
Photo: channelnewsasia.com

Biles just made history by winning her third consecutive All-Around gold medal at a World Championships.  There has not been a ale or female gymnast to ever achieve such success, other than Uchimura.

Simone Biles dominated the 2013, 2014, and 2015 World Championships by not only winning the All-Around but also individual apparatus medals.

Since 1934, only five women have won the All-Around at more than one World Championships, consecutive and non-consecutive years.

These women include:

  1. Vlasta Dekanova (Czechoslovakia): 1934 & 1938
  2. Larisa Latynina (Soviet Union): 1958 & 1962
  3. Ludmilla Tourischeva (Soviet Union) 1970 & 1974
  4. Shannon Miller (USA): 1993 & 1994
  5. Svetlana Khorkina (Russia): 2001 & 2002

Of the previous mentioned World All-Around Champions, Larisa Latynina and Ludmilla Tourischeva of the Soviet Union are the only female gymnasts to also win the All-Around at an Olympic Games.  Latynina won her Olympic gold in 1952 & 1956 and Tourischeva won her gold in 1972.

Simone’s success at World Championships sets her up nicely to have just as much success at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Uchimura and Biles are undoubtedly the most successful, talented, and hardworking athletes in the world.  It seems at this point, the rest of the world can now only wish to achieve a silver or bronze medal at any competition that includes either of these two athletes.

Source: Wikipedia

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