Japanese Olympic golden boy spooked by 'stalker'
TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan's Olympic gymnastics champion Kohei Uchimura has experienced the darker side of celebrity after complaining of a schoolgirl "stalker", local media reported on Thursday.
The 23-year-old, who won the all-around title in London earlier this month, said the teenager had chased after him on her bicycle.
"I was scared so I ran into the house and hid," Uchimura told Japanese media. "There's no doubt that was a stalker. I'm happy for the support...but if you come to my house I'm going to think you're a stalker."
Just three days ago, after an open-top bus parade for Japan's Olympic medallist attracted 500,000 people, Uchimura said he felt "like a celebrity".