TOKYO – Carlos Yulo was left speechless on Saturday night after failing to qualify for the floor exercise final, the gymnastics event in which he was the favorite to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics here.
“I don’t know what happened,” he said in Filipino as he passed through the mixed zone at the Ariake gymnastics center on Saturday night.
“I came here really prepared. I did the best I could, ”Yulo added. “Maybe it wasn’t for me.”
Yulo missed a landing early in his routine and ended up scoring little on the run to finish with 13,566 points.
“It is difficult to explain [what happened with the landing], “He said.
Yulo, the current world champion in floor exercise, finished 44th in the event.
However, Yulo made it to the jumping finals, finishing sixth in the preliminaries with 14,712. Officials had pinned their hopes that Yulo would deliver the first Olympic gold to the Philippines through his mascot floor exercise as he finished on the podium in jump and uneven bars.
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