Sarah Voss competes in the Women's beam qualifications during European Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the St Jakobshalle, in Basel. AFP
Two German female gymnasts at the European championships didn't make the podium on Friday but grabbed the headlines for wearing bodysuits rather than leotards in a sport plagued by abuse scandals.
Elisabeth Seitz and Kim Bui, who were fifth and seventh in the all-around competition, donned outfits which fully covered their arms and legs.
The idea is to "feel good and stay stylish," said German teammate Sarah Voss who also wore a full bodysuit earlier this week in the tournament.
Sarah Voss in action during the Women's Beam. Reuters
On her Instagram account, she explained: "When puberty started, when I had my period, I started to feel more and more uncomfortable."
"When I was a little girl I didn't see the tight fit as a big problem," she added in an interview with German broadcaster ZDF.
Seitz said that taking off the leotard and replacing it with an all-body outfit is "an important signal."
Russia's Angelina Melnikova, a silver medal winner behind compatriot Viktoria Listunova, described the Germans' black and purple outfits as "unusual but pretty."
The world of gymnastics has been rocked by a series of scandals in recent times.
Sarah Voss competes in the Women's beam qualifications. AFP
In the United States, former team doctor Larry Nassar was found guilty of sexually assaulting at least 265 identified victims over two decades, including star Simone Biles.
In Britain, accusations of abuse have made headlines while in Greece former gymnasts complained of having suffered decades of abuse "akin to torture" at the hands of one of their coaches.
Chusovitina's career as gymnast has spanned more than a quarter century. She won the USSR Junior Nationals in 1988 and began competing at the international level in 1989, before many of her current rivals were even born.
The Abes' success gave Japan its third and fourth gold medal of the day after Yuto Horigome took skateboarding's first Olympic title and swimmer Yui Ohashi was the surprise winner of the women's 400m individual competition.
Thompson-Herah blazed to an Olympic-record 10.61sec, well ahead of crestfallen two-time winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, with Shericka Jackson completing an all-Jamaican podium.
China won the mixed doubles the previous day and had hopes of pulling off a golden badminton sweep in Tokyo, after a spotty performance at the Rio Games in Brazil. In 2012, at London Games, China won all 5 badminton gold medals.
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