Flawless Carlos Yulo keeps floor exercise throne in Asian Gymnastics Championships

Delfin Dioquino

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Flawless Carlos Yulo keeps floor exercise throne in Asian Gymnastics Championships

ELITE. Carlos Yulo in action for the Philippines in the 2023 Southeast Asian Games in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Carlos Yulo captures the floor exercise crown to pair with his all-around silver in the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championship, with more apparatus medals coming his way

MANILA, Philippines – There is no wonder why Carlos Yulo considers floor exercise as one of his pet events.

Yulo dominated the field and captured the men’s floor exercise crown in the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Singapore following a flawless performance in the final on Saturday, June 17.

He finished with an impressive 15.3 points, almost a full-point ahead of silver medalist Dmitriy Patanin of Kazakhstan as he stuck all of his landings to defend his throne in the event which he also ruled in Doha, Qatar last year.

Patanin initially seized the top spot following his 14.366-point routine until Yulo – the second-to-last gymnast to perform out of the eight finalists – gained the lead as he earned 9 points in execution and 6.3 points in difficulty.

China’s Su Weide completed the podium with 14.333 points.

Another Filipino competed in the final as reigning Southeast Asian Games floor exercise champion Ivan Cruz made the cut as a reserve.

Cruz landed eighth after garnering 11.433 points.

Yulo, who bagged the individual all-around silver earlier in the tournament, will compete in four more apparatus finals as he eyes the gold in vault, parallel bars, and rings. –

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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.