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Gymnastics: World silver medalist Murakami to call it quits after 2020

Mai Murakami of Japan performs the floor exercise in the women's all-around competition at the American Cup in Greensboro, North Carolina, on March 2, 2019. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Mai Murakami, the first Japanese woman to win a world gymnastics championships all-around silver medal, revealed Thursday she will retire from competition after next year's Tokyo Olympics.

    "The only thing on my mind is giving it my all until Tokyo, when I will make a break," she told a press conference the day before the Japan senior championships in Fukui Prefecture.

    The 23-year-old, runner-up at last year's worlds, was the 2017 world champion in the floor exercise. At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Murakami contributed to Japan's best finish in the women's team event in 48 years, a fourth place.

    "I'm putting everything into making Tokyo my grand finale," said Murakami, who had to withdraw from May's NHK Cup due to lower back pain and was not selected to compete at this year's worlds in October.

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