Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo has advanced to the final round of the vault exercise in the men’s all-around and apparatus qualification event at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on Saturday, keeping his gold medal hopes alive for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Yulo, the 2019 SEA Games vault silver medallist, finished sixth in the vault exercise with a final score of 14.712, good enough for a position in the final, where only eight athletes battle for a podium slot.
On his first vault, he completed a Kasamatsu double full for a score of 14.766 based on a 9.166 execution score, before completing a Dragulescu in the second vault for a 9.058 execution score.
Yulo, however, struggled in five other events, including the rings, parallel bars, horizontal bar, pommel horse, and floor exercise – his favorite event.
The very promising world champion in the floor exercise, had a rough start to his routine, fumbling a landing on his first pass and nearly tripping on his second.
This had a significant impact on his performance, as he finished 44th out of 64 competitors with a dismal 13.566 point total.
Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat, topped the apparatus with a score of 15.200.
Yulo earned 14.000 in the rings, 13.4666 in the parallel bars, 12.300 in the horizontal bar, and 11.833 in the pommel horse.
When all was said and done, the 2019 SEA Games all-around champion finished 44th overall, missing the top 24 in the all-around standings.
Yulo will compete in the vault final on August 2, 2021.