Mai Murakami

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Mai Murakami
Country represented Japan
Born (1996-08-05) August 5, 1996 (age 22)
Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior International Elite
Years on national team2009–present (JPN)
ClubYukio Iketani Gymnastics Club
Head coach(es)Kazukuni Ohno
Music2012–2013: "Beating" (Inside the Sun Remix) / "Fuyu no Sakura" by Yoshida Brothers
2014–2015: "This Society, They've Opened Pandora's Box" by Johnny / "Self Repair" by Adam Bonilla Morales
2017–2018: "Field of Fusion" by DAITA
World ranking2 (2018)

Mai Murakami (村上茉愛, Murakami Mai, born 5 August 1996) is a Japanese artistic gymnast. She is the 2017 World Champion on floor exercise, the 2018 World all-around silver medalist and floor exercise bronze medalist, and a three-time Japanese national all-around champion (2016–2018).

Personal life[edit]

Murakami was born in Sagamihara, Japan and began gymnastics when she was two years old. She attended university at the Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo, Japan.[1]

Career[edit]

She finished fourth on the floor exercise at the 2013 World Championships.[2][3] At the 2017 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she qualified 1st into the all-around final, ahead of American gymnast Ragan Smith, but had a fall in the finals, and ended up in 4th place, one-tenth of a point behind the bronze medallist, Russia's Elena Eremina. She redeemed herself in the floor exercise finals, where she placed first ahead of Jade Carey and Claudia Fragapane. She is Japan's first World gold medallist on this event, and Japan's second World gold medallist on any women's gymnastics event, after Keiko Tanaka-Ikeda won the gold on the balance beam in 1954. At the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha, Qatar she finished second in the all-around final, behind Simone Biles. It is the first women’s all-around silver medal in Japan’s history.

Competitive history[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2013 City of Jesolo Trophy 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 22
National Championships 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships 4
2014 Pacific Rim Championships 4 9 7 7 6
National Championships 6
NHK Trophy 4
National Event Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships 8
Glasgow World Cup 5
Toyota International 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
2015 National Championships 10
NHK Trophy 8
National Event Championships 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
National Student Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
World Championships 5 6
Toyota International 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4
2016 American Cup 6
National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
NHK Trophy 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 19 1st, gold medalist(s)
National Event Championships 4 1st, gold medalist(s)
Olympic Games 4 14 7
National Team Championships 1st, gold medalist(s)
Toyota International 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
2017 National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
NHK Trophy 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
National Event Championships 5 2nd, silver medalist(s)
National Student Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 12 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships 4 4 1st, gold medalist(s)
National Team Championships 1st, gold medalist(s)
Toyota International 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
2018 American Cup 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Tokyo World Cup 1st, gold medalist(s)
National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
NHK Trophy 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
National Event Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships 6 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2019 American Cup 3rd, bronze medalist(s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MURAKAMI Mai". www.fig-gymnastics.com. Retrieved 2018-09-19.
  2. ^ "44th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Floor Exercise Final Women" (PDF). Gymnastics Results. FIG. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  3. ^ 第45回世界体操選手権&第17回アジア競技大会・日本代表 [45th World Gymnastics Championship & 17th Asian Games, Japan Representatives]. Japan Gymnastics Association (in Japanese). 6 July 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.

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