A History of Uchimura Kohei’s Winning Streak

Following the recent announcement that Uchimura Kohei has decided to retire, I thought that it was only appropriate to pay tribute to his record-breaking, magical career by looking back at the history of Kohei’s 10 year undefeated reign across both National and International competitions.

Remarkably, Kohei won every single National and International competition he entered after the 2008 Olympics through to his first AA defeat in 10 years at the 2018 All Japan Championships. In this time he also never even missed a single AA competition until he was forced to withdraw from 2017 Worlds due to an ankle injury. 10 years of complete and utter dominance. 

Yang Wei, the 2008 Olympic AA Champion, remains the only gymnast in history to have beaten Kohei to an international all around title.

I’ve put together a list of every National (i.e All Japan Championships and NHK Trophy) and International AA title that Kohei won in those 10 years, including scores and margins of victory.

Some notes:

  • The format of Nationals and NHK differs between some years. In the years when it was a combination of multiple rounds I’ve included the score from the final as well as the overall result.
  • For some reason 2008 Nationals was after the Beijing Olympics. Therefore, this was the start of Kohei’s winning streak.

Here is the list of the thirty two consecutive National and International AA competitions that Uchimura Kohei won:

  1.  2008 All Japan Championships (November 2008)
    • 91.900
    • Margin- 0.150
    • 2nd Place- Tanaka Kazuhito
  2. 2009 All Japan Championships (April 2009)
    • Final
      • 91.400
      • Margin- 0.250
    • Overall
      • 92.500/91.400 // 183.900
      • Margin- 1.700
      • 2nd Place-Tanaka Kazuhito
  3. 2009 NHK Trophy (June 2009)
    • Final
      • 91.950
      • Margin- 0.850
    • Overall
      • 92.100/92.700/91.950 // 276.750
      • Margin- 3.250
      • 2nd Place-Tanaka Kazuhito
  4. 2009 Japan Cup International (July 2009)
    • 92.750
    • Margin- 0.650
    • 2nd Place- Fabian Hambuechen (Germany)
  5. 2009 World Championships (October 2009)
    • 91.500
    • Margin- 2.575
    • 2nd Place- Daniel Keatings (Great Britain)
  6. 2010 All Japan Championships (May 2009)
    • Final
      • 92.675
      • Margin- 2.850
    • Overall
      • 89.525/92.675 // 182.200
      • Margin- 2.275
      • 2nd Place- Uematsu Koji
  7. 2010 NHK Trophy (June 2010)
    • Final
      • 91.100
      • Margin- 1.138
    • Overall
      • 92.200/92.275/91.100 // 275.575
      • Margin- 5.138
      • 2nd Place- Yamamuro Koji
  1. 2010 Japan Cup International (July 2010)
    • 93.450
    • Margin- 2.350
    • 2nd Place- Yamamuro Koji (Japan)
  2. 2010 World Championships (October 2010)
    • 92.331
    • Margin- 2.283
    • 2nd Place- Philipp Boy (Germany)
  3. 2011 All Japan Championships (April 2011)
    • Final
      • 94.000
      • Margin- 3.400
    • Overall
      • 94.900 / 94.000 // 188.900
      • Margin- 8.150
      • 2nd Place- Kobayashi Kenya
  4. 2011 NHK Trophy (June 2011)
    • Final
      • 94.450
      • Margin- 3.975
    • Overall
      • 92.250/92.050/94.450 // 278.750
      • Margin- 7.925
      • 2nd Place- Tanaka Kazuhito
  1. 2011 Japan Cup International (July 2011)
    • 93.150
    • Margin- 3.750
    • 2nd Place- Liao Qiuhua (China)
  2. 2011 World Championships (October 2011)
    • 93.631
    • Margin- 3.099
    • 2nd Place- Philipp Boy (Germany)
  3. 2011 Tokyo World Cup (November 2011)
    • 93.565
    • Margin- 3.467
    • 2nd Place- Philipp Boy (Germany)
  4. 2012 All Japan Championships (April 2012)
    • 92.650
    • Margin- 1.850
    • 2nd Place- Kobayashi Kenya
  5. 2012 NHK Trophy (May 2012)
    • 93.300
    • Margin- 1.750
    • 2nd Place- Yamamuro Koji
  6. 2012 Olympic Games (July 2012)
    • 92.690
    • Margin- 1.659
    • 2nd Place- Marcel Nguyen (Germany)
  7. 2013 All Japan Championships (May 2013)
    • Final
      • 90.500
      • Margin- 1.450
    • Overall
      • 91850/90.500 // 182.350
      • Margin- 3.500
      • 2nd Place- Kato Ryohei
  8. 2013 NHK Trophy (June 2013)
    • Final
      • 91.175
      • Margin- 1.750
    • Overall
      • 90.650 /91.750/91.175 // 273.575
      • Margin- 7.500
      • 2nd Place- Kato Ryohei
  1. 2013 World Championships (October 2013)
    • 91.990
    • Margin- 1.958
    • 2nd Place- Kato Ryohei (Japan)
  2. 2014 Tokyo World Cup (April 2014)
    • 92.898
    • Margin- 2.667
    • 2nd Place- Fabian Hambuechen (Germany)
  3. 2014 All Japan Championships (May 2014)
    • Final
      • 90.300
      • Margin- 1.100
    • Overall
      • 90.900/90.300 // 181.200
      • Margin- 1.650
      • 2nd Place- Nonomura Shogo
  4. 2014 NHK Tophy (June 2014)
    • Final
      • 90.450
      • Margin- 0.850
    • Overall
      • 90.450/90.600 // 181.050
      • Margin- 2.325
      • 2nd Place- Nonomura Shogo
  1. 2014 World Championships (October 2014)
    • 91.965
    • Margin- 1.492
    • 2nd Place- Max Whitlock (Great Britain)
  2. 2015 All Japan Championships (April 2015)
    • Final
      • 90.550
      • Margin- 0.100
    • Overall
      • 92.150/90.550 // 182.700
      • Margin- 2.150
      • 2nd Place- Tanaka Yusuke
  3. 2015 NHK Trophy (May 2015)
    • Final
      • 92.900
      • Margin- 1.850
    • Overall
      • 92.900/91.350 // 184.250
      • Margin- 2.925
      • 2nd Place- Tanaka Yusuke
  1. 2015 World Championships (October 2015)
    • 92.332
    • Margin- 1.634
    • 2nd Place- Manrique Larduet (Cuba)
  2. 2016 All Japan Championships (April 2016)
    • 91.300
    • Margin- 1.600
    • 2nd Place- Shirai Kenzo
  3. 2016 NHK Trophy (May 2016)
    • Final
      • 93.350
      • Margin- 2.400
    • Overall
      • 93.350/91.300 // 184.650
      • Margin- 4.550
      • 2nd Place- Kato Ryohei
  1. 2016 Olympic Games (August 2016)
    • 92.365
    • Margin- 0.099
    • 2nd Place- Oleg Verniaiev (Ukraine)
  2. 2017 All Japan Championships(April 2017)
    • 86.350
    • Margin- 0.050
    • 2nd Place- Tanaka Yusuke
  3. 2017 NHK Trophy (May 2017)
    • Final
      • 86.550
      • Margin- 0.100
    • Overall
      • 86.550/86.350 // 172.900
      • Margin- 0.350
      • 2nd Place- Shirai Kenzo

After placing 3rd at 2018 Nationals behind Tanigawa Kakeru and Shirai Kenzo, Kohei went on to win the 2018 NHK Trophy, his 10th consecutive NHK victory, with a combined score of 258.629 (85.098/86.566/86.965), with a margin of 0.734 over 2nd place finisher Shirai Kenzo.

 

 

4 thoughts on “A History of Uchimura Kohei’s Winning Streak

  1. Thank you so much for compiling this list!! It’s astounding to see how even 2nd place finishers have less consistency than King Kohei, which makes his undisputed winning streak that much more incredible! I actually have a spreadsheet of King Kohei’s scores (the culmination of my obsession with him, really) tracking from 2006 to 2021, but I’ve always been too shy to share it on any platform; I would love to get your take on it though, if you’re ever free to have a look at it! =D

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