Gymnastics

Carlos Yulo loses world title defense, lands 5th

Beatrice Go
Carlos Yulo loses world title defense, lands 5th

PENALTY. Carlos Yulo picks up a costly error in the final event.

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A crucial penalty denies Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo a second straight world championship in the floor exercise event

Carlos Yulo missed another major floor exercise gold.

After ranking No. 1 in the qualifiers three days earlier, Yulo crashed to fifth place and failed to defend his floor exercise title in the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Saturday, October 23 in Kitakyushu, Japan.

The 2019 world champion landed out of bounds in his routine that resulted in a huge 0.3 deduction, forcing him to settle for a score of 14.566.

Yulo executed the most difficult routine in the eight-man field with a score of 6.600. Had there been no deduction, the Filipino 4-foot-11 dynamo could’ve won the gold as new world champion Nicola Bartolini of Italy ruled with a score of 14.800.

Japan’s Kazuki Minami bagged the silver (14.766), while Emil Soravuo won Finland’s first floor exercise medal with a bronze (14.700).

Yulo was running third until South Korea’s Ryu Sunghyun booted him out of medal contention with a score of 14.600.

There was a notable absentee, though, in the event as Tokyo 2020 Olympics all-around champion Hashimoto Daiki withdrew from the floor exercise final and was replaced by Kaya Kazuma.

Yulo’s woes in his pet event continued from his Tokyo Olympics bid, where he failed to qualify for the floor exercise and only made it to the medal round of the vault, where he finished fourth.

But heading into the world championships, Yulo was highly-touted to defend his gold medal after topping the All-Japan championships with a score of 15.300.

He also scored 15.166 to claim the top spot of the world championships qualifying event last Wednesday, October 20.

Yulo, though, is still in the running to become the first Filipino gymnast to bag multiple gold medals in the world championships as he competes in the men’s vault final at 3:25 pm and the parallel bars final at 5 pm on Sunday, October 24. – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.