MANILA, Philippines — Carlos Edriel Yulo makes a comeback as a gold medalist for vault apparatus and silver for parallel bars a day after he failed to defend his title in the floor exercise.
Yulo dominated in the vault apparatus in the 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, held Sunday at the Kitakyushu City General Gymnasium in Kitakyushu, Japan.
This is his second world championship, after winning in the floor exercise in 2019 that sealed his spot in the Tokyo Olympics.
The 21 year old Filipino gymnast was first to perform among eight finalist. He immediately set the bar when he scored 14.800 on his first vault, followed by a 15.033 on his second — a Dragulescu that drew great praise from the commentators and the audience.
The world champion averaged in the final of 14.916, an improvement from his score of 14.808 in the qualifying, wherein he placed third.
Hometown bet Hidenobu Yonekura scored a 15.000 in his first vault — his own skill that had a 6.000 difficulty score. However, he only got a 14.733 in his second vault, and his average of 14.866 allowed Yulo to hold on to the lead. Israel’s Andrey Medvedev emerged as the bronze medalist after an average score of 14.649.
Just hours after winning the vault gold medal, the Filipino gymnast captured another medal.
Yulo capped his campaign with a silver in the parallel bars with a score of 15.300. China’s Hu Xuwei captured the gold (15.466).
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