Carlos Yulo

Carlos Yulo vows to come back stronger after first Olympic stint

Delfin Dioquino

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Carlos Yulo vows to come back stronger after first Olympic stint

CHARGE TO EXPERIENCE. Carlos Yulo says all of the hardships he went through to reach the Tokyo Olympics were all worth it.

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Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo exits the Tokyo Olympics determined to put on a better performance in the future

Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo promised a better showing in the future after wrapping up his maiden Olympic campaign in Tokyo without a medal.

Touted as one of the Philippines’ top medal bets, Yulo fell short of a bronze as he finished at fourth place in the men’s artistic gymnastics vault finals on Monday, August 2.

Babalik po kaming malakas,” Yulo wrote on Facebook.

(We will come back stronger.)

Despite failing to reach the finals of his pet floor exercise event, where he won a world championship two years ago, Yulo punched his ticket to the vault finals with a sixth-place finish in the qualification.

Carlos Yulo vows to come back stronger after first Olympic stint

He tallied the second-highest individual score in the finals with 14.866 on his second vault, but narrowly missed a medal due to a .100 deduction on his first vault that netted him 14.566.

Registering an average score of 14.716, Yulo nearly made the podium as Artur Davtyan of Armenia secured the bronze with an average score of 14.733 – just .017 ahead of the Filipino.

Yulo still had an admirable run, considering he is the youngest in the vault finals at 21 and he placed higher than the likes of vault world champion Nikita Nagornyy of the Russian Olympic Committee.

Hindi naging madali ‘yung daang tinahak namin, pero sulit lahat ng pagod at iyak,” he added.

(It was not an easy road getting to the Olympics, but our hard work and tears were all worth it.)

On his Facebook post, Yulo also thanked his family, his team, and his supporters who aided him in his Tokyo campaign.


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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.