Yulo settles for 5th in Gymnastics World Championships floor exercise title defense

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Philippines' Carlos Edriel Yulo competes in the floor event at the men's apparatus finals during the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Kitakyushu City Gymnasium in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka prefecture on October 23, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)
Philippines' Carlos Edriel Yulo competes in the floor event at the men's apparatus finals during the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Kitakyushu City Gymnasium in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka prefecture on October 23, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)

Carlos Yulo suffered a heartbreaking finish to his defence of his floor exercise gold at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan, on Saturday (23 October).

The fancied Filipino Olympian, who was placed first in the qualifying round three days ago, crashed outside of the podium as he landed in fifth place with a score of 14.566.  

The 2019 world champion tallied 8.266 in execution and 6.600 in difficulty, but a botched landing in his routine resulted to a decisive 0.3 deduction.   

Had there been no deduction, Yulo could have successfully defended his title, as eventual champion Nicola Bartolini of Italy secured gold with 8.600 execution and 6.200 difficulty for a total score of 14.800. 

Minami Kazuki of Japan took home silver with a result of 14.766 (8.266 execution and 6.500 difficulty), while Emil Soravuo of Finland earned bronze with a score of 14.700 (8.700 execution and 6.000 difficulty).  

Yulo aims to bounce back on Sunday as he vies for two finals in the vault and parallel bars events.

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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