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Gymnastics chief rues Carlos Yulo injury as multiple medal hopes fade

Delfin Dioquino

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Gymnastics chief rues Carlos Yulo injury as multiple medal hopes fade

CHANCE. Carlos Yulo can still contend for a medal as he qualifies for the men's vault finals.

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Gymnast Carlos Yulo, one of the Philippines' Olympic gold medal bets, reaches the finals of only one of six apparatuses as he bows out of his pet floor exercise event

Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president Cynthia Carrion lamented a hip injury bothered Carlos Yulo in his men’s artistic gymnastic qualification run in the Tokyo Olympics.

Yulo reached the finals of only one of the six apparatuses as he surprisingly struggled in his pet floor exercise event, where he won the Philippines’ first world championship gold two years ago.

In the floor exercise, the 21-year-old scored 13.566 points, which put him at just 44th place as only the top eight gymnasts advanced to the finals.

“He gets tired fast. All the stress of him doing all of that because he wanted to do his best. There was stress in all the apparatus,” said Carrion in an interview with TV5’s Gretchen Ho.

Prior to the qualification, Carrion said the injury is “not that bad.”

Except for the vault event, where Yulo qualified for the finals after finishing at sixth place with a score of 14.712, he failed to make the top 20 in all the other four apparatuses.

Yulo tallied 14.0 in rings for 24th place, 13.466 in parallel bars for 55th place, 12.3 in horizontal bars for 63rd place, and 11.833 in pommel horse for 69th place as he wound up at 47th in the all-around rankings.

Carrion said the year-long postponement of the Olympics also played a crucial role with how the events turned out.

“We had one [year of extra training for] the other countries. That year counted a lot,” Carrion said.

Carrion, though, expressed optimism that Yulo can still deliver the Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold medal if he can replicate his historic win in the worlds.

Yulo landed at seventh place in the qualification round of the floor exercise in the worlds with a score of 14.633, but clinched the gold medal as he tallied 15.3 points in the final.

“He can still make it. In Germany, he was seventh place for the floor and he became [No.1] . It can happen in the vault. He is sixth place in the vault, he could be No. 1 also,” Carrion said.

Yulo has a week to gear up for the men’s vault final scheduled on August 2. –

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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.