Veteran Japanese gymnasts scored well on the first day of the All-Japan Men's Gymnastic Championships held at Tokyo's Yoyogi Gymnasium on Friday (7 May).
GV Stadium exterior - Tokyo's Yoyogi gymnasium.
GV Kato on rings.
GV Tsukahara on parallel bars.
GV Kenmotsu doing floor exercises.
GV Kasamatsu on horizontal bar.
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Background: Veteran Japanese gymnasts scored well on the first day of the All-Japan Men's Gymnastic Championships held at Tokyo's Yoyogi Gymnasium on Friday (7 May).
The high scores of five former champions has almost assured them of a place in the Japanese team for this year's Montreal Olympics.
The leader on points after the first day's competition of compulsory exercises was former champion of Japan, Shigeru Kasamatsu. In second place was another former champion, Eizo Kenmotsu. Last Year's winner Mitsuo Tsukahara was running a close third.
Japan will be sending a seven men gymnastic team to the Olympics. The women's team has already been chosen.
SYNOPSIS: The Yoyogi Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan, where the country's top gymnasts have been competing in the national Men's Gymnastic Championships this week, before the final decisions are made on the men's team for the Montreal Olympics.
Here, Sawao Kato, a gold medal winner at the Mexico and Munich Olympics perform on the rings. At the end of the first day Kato was lying in fourth position.
Last year's champion Mitsuo Tsukahara is seen here on the parallel bars. Tsukahara scored well in the championship which resulted in the top five places on the first day being taken by veterans - all of whom are also former champions. After this performance, Tsukahara was placed third.
Eizo Kenmotsu took second place after this demonstration of floor exercises. Japanese gymnasts have done well in recent Olympic competitions and are confident that they will be able to take several gold medals later this year in Montreal.
Finally, Shigeru Kasamatsu on the horizontal bar. kasamatsu, took first place after this performance.
Eventually seven male gymnasts will be chosen to represent Japan in the Olympics. The women's team has already been decided.