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Carlos Yulo narrowly misses Olympic vault medal

Beatrice Go

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Carlos Yulo narrowly misses Olympic vault medal

SO CLOSE. Carlos Yulo finishes just a rung short of a medal in his maiden Olympic appearance.

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Filipino world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo comes close to a podium finish, but falls short at fourth in the Olympic vault finals

Carlos Yulo was just a fraction of a point away from winning a Tokyo 2020 Olympics medal after finishing fourth in the men’s vault final on Monday, August 2, at the Ariake Gymnastics Center.

Yulo nailed a final score of 14.716, falling short of a fraction of a point at 0.017 from bronze medalist Artur Davtyan of Armenia.

The 4-foot-11 dynamo recorded a 14.566 in his first attempt after drawing a -0.1 penalty for his landing, but he rebounded with a 14.866 in the second attempt to pull up the average score.

The Filipino’s second attempt was the second highest score among all attempts behind Tunisia’s Adem Asil’s performance that recorded 15.266.

Though he failed to medal, the 21-year-old gymnast flashed a big smile after seeing his score.

South Korea’s Shin Jeahwan, who made a debut in the Olympic Games, took home the gold after edging out silver medalist and gymnastics veteran Denis Abliazin of Russia as he registered a higher score in an attempt.

Both gymnasts recorded an average of 14.783, but Shin scored 14.833 in the second attempt, which was higher than Abliazin’s 14.800.

Yulo recorded a 14.712 in the vault qualifying event that secured him a top six spot in the final last Saturday, July 24.

He fell short in his pet floor exercise event, where he won the 2019 world championship gold, after scoring only 13.566 for a 44th place finish overall.

Yulo was the most bemedalled Filipino athlete in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, bagging two golds and five silver medals. –

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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.