Olympics: Carlos Yulo puts up gallant stand, finishes 4th in vault final

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Gymnastics - Artistic - Men's Rings - Qualification - Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan - July 24, 2021. Carlos Edriel Yulo of the Philippines in action on the rings. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Gymnastics - Artistic - Men's Rings - Qualification - Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo, Japan - July 24, 2021. Carlos Edriel Yulo of the Philippines in action on the rings. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Carlos Yulo gained a measure of redemption in the artistic gymnastics men's vault final, but his gallant stand proved not enough to secure a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on Monday, August 2.  

The Filipino gymnast barely missed a spot on the podium after finishing in fourth place with an average score of 14.716, a mere .017 points short of the bronze medalist.

Yulo, who performed last in a field of eight, delivered a steady approach towards the vaulting table in his first attempt, pulling off a triple twist in midair. It was a solid technique for the opening jump, but his bad landing cost him a 0.1 penalty as he settled for 14.566.  

With his back against the wall, the 21-year-old Yulo displayed grace under pressure in his second vault where he carried out a well-executed Dragulescu. He received the highest score among all the results for the second attempt with 14.866. 

At the end, Yulo came up empty-handed after falling a fraction of a point behind Artur Davytan of Armenia, who secured bronze with an average score of 14.783.  

Shin Jeahwan of South Korea struck gold with a score of 14.783 while Denis Abliazin of Russian Olympic Committee secured silver with 14.783. 

Still, the Golden Boy of Philippine gymnastics has plenty of reasons to keep his head held high, one of which is edging out Russian Olympic Committee's Nikita Nagornyy, the reigning world champion, who ended up with 14.716 total points. 

Yulo was coming off an underwhelming performance in the men's all-around and apparatus qualification event last July 24.  

Back then, he failed to advance in five apparatuses, including his pet event floor exercise where he finished in 44th place out of 64 competitors despite being the world champion.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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