Montreal, Canada: Japanese superstar Kohei Uchimura is on the threshold of a place in history as he eyes more gold medal glory at the World Artistics Gymnastics Championships which get under way here Monday.
The reigning 2012 and 2016 Olympic all-around champion is chasing a seventh straight world championship gold in the category as he takes the first steps on the long road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 28-year-old has already amassed a staggering 19 medals at the worlds since his first appearance at the championships in London in 2009, with 10 golds, five silvers and four bronze.
Two more gold medals in Montreal this week would see Uchimura draw level with the legendary Vitaly Scherbo, the Belarussian who has 23 world championship medals including 12 golds.
Uchimura, who once again will come up against Ukraine's Rio 2016 all-around silver medallist Oleg Verniaiev, said he has set himself a lofty target for this week's championships, which begin with qualifying on Monday.
"I have no particular objectives when it comes to results," Uchimura said. "But as I’ve never had the feeling that my performances were perfect at the six World Championships I've done in the past, my principal objective is to give perfect performances," he said in comments on the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) website.