'My heart breaks': World champ's 'shocking' career end at Tokyo Olympics

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Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura (pictured right) devastated after falling off the high bar (pictured left) at the Tokyo Olympics.
Fans were left shattered after Japanese legend Kohei Uchimura (pictured right) crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics in heartbreaking fashion after slipping on the high bars. (Getty Images)

One of the greatest male gymnasts of all-time has crashed out of his home Olympics in absolutely heartbreaking fashion.

Two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura fell on the high bars during qualifying and won't advance to the next round at the Tokyo Olympics.

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The 32-year-old Japanese champion, who won gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, signalled his intention to call time on his storied career after his home Games.

But fans were left utterly shattered when Uchimura was midway through his set before he peeled off while doing a complicated connection. 

He picked himself up and finished his routine, drilling his dismount.  

His score of 13.866 placed him outside of the top eight, meaning he will not make the finals. 

Uchimura competed as an individual, meaning he will not be part of the team final on Monday.

The Japanese legend waved to the judges and received a round of applause inside the largely empty Ariake Gymnastics Centre before quickly exiting the competition floor.

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Uchimura deserved a legend's farewell at the Games, but Covid-19 restrictions meant a shattered looking champion departed in eery silence.

Fans were left 'heartbroken' watching a champion exit in such crushing circumstances.

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