Kohei Uchimura, the first five-time consecutive men’s champion of the NHK Cup, gestures to the crowd Sunday. | KYODO “Overall, I was able to avoid mistakes and hit my landings,” Uchimura said. “It was close to my ideal performance. However, it should be obvious that I went with a lower level of difficulty today. If you perform difficult techniques, you can’t be perfect and you can’t be satisfied.”Teramoto won the women’s competition — and a trip to Belgium with the national team — with a score of 82.500.“I’m glad I was able to get through all four disciplines without a mistake,” Teramoto said. “I won the title I was aiming for, and now feel a duty to perform well in international competition.”Kato barely beat out Juntendo University teammate Shogo Nonomura for the other berth to the worlds. Kato’s score at this event, combined with half his points from May’s All-Japan Championships totaled 266.075 points, 0.275 more than Nonomura’s total.Kato had to overcome a shoulder injury suffered using the rings on May 19, when the apparatus broke.“I had that accident, but battling and hanging in there led to my being selected to the national team,” said Kato.Natsumi Sasada, who at 17 won her first All-Japan women’s overall crown in May, had 82.150 points to finish runner-up behind Teramoto. Another teenager, 16-year-old Mai Murakami, finished third.Japan’s entire team for the world championships will likely be determined at the All-Japan Discipline Championships, on June 29 and 30 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Kohei Uchimura, Gymnastics RELATED PHOTOS Kohei Uchimura became the first five-time consecutive men’s champion of the NHK Cup on Sunday, when 17-year-old Asuka Teramoto and Ryohei Kato earned the two available berths to this year’s world championships.Uchimura, who added London Olympic gold to his three world championships in the men’s individual all-around, finished first after two days at Yoyogi National Gymnasium with 273.575 points. Uchimura was already guaranteed a spot in the worlds in Antwerp, Belgium, starting on Sept. 30. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDS
ADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):Jamaican star shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid produced a sublime performance before injury put her out of the contest as her West Coast Fever slipped to a narrow defeat to Adelaide Thunderbirds in the opening exchanges of the new season last weekend.Playing at the Priceline Stadium, the 29-year-old shot a perfect 51 from as many attempts but limped out at the start of the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Hampered by a her absence, Fever lost 60-61 to Thunderbirds, who broke an extended 27-game losing streak.For the hosts, goal shooter Sasha Glasgow scored 37 from 47 attempts while goal attack Maria Folau chipped in with 24 from 31 attempts.Fever were down 14-16 at the first quarter with Fowler-Reid the lone scorer for the visitors, but they rebounded to level at 33-33 at the half. With Fowler-Reid netting 15 times in the third quarter, Fever led 50-47 at the start of the final stanza before things went wrong when it mattered most.At the Melbourne Arena, another Jamaican international, Romelda Aiken, found herself on the losing end as her Queensland Firebirds slumped to a 61-73 defeat to Melbourne Vixens.Aiken scored 36 goals from 42 attempts to keep Firebirds in the contest with scores locked at 35-all at half-time. However, Vixens had the better of the exchanges in the second half, outscoring their opponents 38-26.Goal attack Gretel Tippett supported Aiken with 23 from 24 attempts while for the winners, goal shooter Caitlin Thwaites netted 50 from 51 and goal attack Tegan Philip, 23 from 24 attempts.Also at Melbourne Arena, Shimona Nelson was the only Sunshine Girl to end up in winners row after her 46-from-54 performance helped fire Magpies Netball to a 57-43 victory over Sunshine Coast Lightning.Nelson shot 12 from 16 in the first quarter and a perfect nine-from-nine in the second as Magpies coasted to a 27-23 lead at the half. She sustained her accuracy with 25 from 29 in the second half to ensure that there would be no coming back for Lightning.For the losers, Cara Koenen scored 18 from 21 while Steph Wood netted 15 from 22.
…”free and fair elections”A professor from the US War College in Washington – which advises the US administration on global strategy — visited Guyana late last month. He opined, “In the context of Guyana’s current constitutional crisis, Washington has both an important role to play and a complex set of strategic imperatives to consider in doing so.” Your Eyewitness was pleased that he wasn’t coy but “told it like it is” in true “realist” style.The gentleman noted that in the interviews he had with Guyanese leaders (the owner of Oases qualifies?) they all stressed the actions of the US back in the 1960s, but advised that the US had now moved on from the imperatives of the Cold War and was today more concerned with corruption in those running the Government – now and in the future. Stability is needed in light of Exxon pushing us into the ranks of the world’s top 20 oil producers.In terms of the politics evolving after the NCM, the analyst opined that “recent APNU-AFC attempts to avoid or postpone an early election do not, for me at least, seem to pass the common-sense test. The challenge for the U.S. is not to allow its good relationship with the Granger government to lead it into condoning behaviours that could undermine the credibility of advocacy of healthy democracy elsewhere.” He had to be referring to the US strong advocacy for the return of democracy via “free and fair elections” in next door Venezuela and in the hemisphere.Against that background, we must view the newly accredited US Ambassador, Sara-Ann Lynch, urging President Granger for “genuinely free and fair elections” very significant. The Ambassador is clearly in consonant with the professor’s observation that the US must be seen as not speaking “with a forked tongue” on its promulgation of democracy as a pillar of its foreign policy strategy.As your Eyewitness has pointed out in this space before, corruption of the electoral process is the threshold issue in Guyana if we’re ever to entertain hopes of controlling “corruption” writ large. After all, while the Government’s supporters will close their eyes to the patently transparent efforts of the administration to stall the elections, they know this can only be because the PNC needs to buy time to implement some scheme on rigging the elections, originally scheduled for 2020.And it’s this knowledge of the Govt corrupting the most important value of Guyanese – the power to freely select our governors – that causes Guyanese, from Minister to commoner, to excuse corruption in other sections of national life.Let’s support the US Ambassador’s call for free and fair elections, and head off corruption at the pass.Rally on March 21st!! Constitution Supremacy Day!!…sacrificeYour Eyewitness notes the irony of four Government Ministers – including VPs Greenidge and Ramjattan — commemorating the 1913 killing of 15 sugar workers and wounding of another 56 by the colonial police! Those workers were then protesting the high-handedness of the planter class, who wanted to wring blood out of stone to extract as much profits as they could, and violate the contract with the workers. But this Government has fired over 7000 sugar workers countrywide and doomed them to destitution, since no alternative employment was created.Trying to keep life and limb of their families and children, some workers went to fish on the abandoned estate of Skeldon – and were forced to pay for “the privilege”!! Your Eyewitness is willing to wager that, since the estates were closed, more than 15 have already perished through depression, suicide or malnutrition and its attendant illnesses. And this is a “Guyanese” Govt??Yet these Govt Ministers could utter platitudes of being inspired by the sacrifices of 1913!Irony is lost on these philistines.…scampishnessSo now we have the former Deputy Chief Elections Officer of GECOM – who should know about these things – vouchsafing that there’s no question the organisation was always in a position to conduct elections in 90 days!!What says Patterson now??