MANILA, Philippines – Carlos Yulo gets one last chance at an Olympic medal in Tokyo when he competes in the final of the gymnastics jumping event on Monday.
Yulo, a world floor exercise champion, had already tempered medal expectations for the event, knowing that he will face world-class competition.
In last week’s qualifying, Yulo had problems with his routines that led him to miss the final of the floor exercise, where he had been the favorite to win a medal.
“Hopefully I’m more relaxed this time,” Cynthia Carrion-Norton, president of the Philippine Gymnastics Association, said of Yulo.
“But seeing all the great gymnasts from around the world can be intimidating.”
Yulo ranked 44th out of 64 gymnasts in her favorite event in the preliminaries, but finished sixth in the vaults scoring 14,733 points to land in the top 8.
The 21-year-old also played poorly on the rings (24 °), parallel bars (55 °), horizontal bar (63 °) and pommel horse (69 °).
However, Yulo’s path to the jumping gold medal will not be easy as he faces top ranked Shin Jeahwan of South Korea (14,866), Artur Davytan of Armenia (14,866) and Nikita Nagorney of the Russian Olympic Committee ( 14,783).
Nagorny already has a gold medal in the team event and a bronze overall.
Also in the finals are Caio Souza from Brazil (14,700), Ahmet Onder from Turkey (14,466), Shek Wai Hung from Hong Kong (14,274) and Nicolau Mir from Spain (14,133).
But that doesn’t mean that Yulo doesn’t get a chance to pull off a surprise.
“According to Coach Mune, the two best jumping athletes are Korea and Turkey with a difficulty of 6.02,” Carrion-Norton said. “Caloy’s difficulty is 5.60. If Shin and Onder get deductions and Caloy gets a perfect score, we have a good chance. “
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