Tokyo Olympics

Carlos Yulo to vie for Tokyo Olympics vault gold medal

Beatrice Go
Carlos Yulo to vie for Tokyo Olympics vault gold medal

MEDAL HOPE. World champion gymnast Carlos Yulo is still in the running to win the country's first Olympic gold medal.

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Carlos Yulo fails to clinch a finals spot in his pet floor exercise event, but manages to advance to the vault finals of the men's artistic gymnastics

The Philippines’ lone world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo still has a chance to win the country’s historic gold medal in the men’s vault event, even as he missed the cut of his pet floor exercise event.

Yulo qualified for the finals of the vault in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Saturday, July 24 at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

The 2019 world champion gymnast recorded a 14.712 in the vault that secured him the top 6 spot in the final on August 2 at 5:30 pm, Philippine time.

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

He also missed an individual all-around final berth, placing 47th overall with a total of 79.931.

Only the top 24 gymnasts with a maximum of two entries per country will enter the all-around final, while each apparatus final will only accommodate eight athletes.

The Filipino 4-foot-11 dynamo opened his Olympic bid with a 14.000 score in the rings, where he nabbed a 24th place finish.

Yulo then nailed a 13.466 in the parallel bars that was good for 55th place.

The 21-year-old gymnast lost his momentum after mustering a 12.300 score in the horizontal bar that landed him the 63rd spot overall.

Yulo then closed out the qualification in the pommel horse with a score of 11.833, missing the all-around cut.

Yulo is one of the country’s top bets for a historic Olympic gold medal, and was predicted to win multiple medals prior to the start of the games.

But the Tokyo-based gymnast sustained a hip injury a week before the delayed quadrennial meet kicked off on Friday, July 23. – 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.