TOKYO – Carlos Yulo repeated it three times.
Masakit po huh. Masakit. Masakit po sya (It hurts. It hurts. [The loss] it hurts), ”she said Saturday night at the Ariake Gymnastics Center.
The country’s golden dream was a huge hit Saturday night at the Tokyo Olympics here and Yulo couldn’t find the words to explain what had happened after crashing in the gymnastics competition floor exercise preliminaries. “It’s difficult to explain what happened,” he continued in Filipino, managing a wide smile that contrasted with the dejected figure that he cut off immediately after his performance. “I guess we have to accept it. We can’t change it anymore. “
Yulo missed a landing early in his routine, a landing he had executed perfectly many times during practice, according to gym chief Cynthia Carrion, and ended up scoring little on the run to finish with 13,566 points.
Yulo, the reigning floor exercising world champion, finished 44th out of 64 innings at the event.
“I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I came here really prepared. It just wasn’t good enough. “
However, Yulo made it to the jumping finals, finishing sixth in the preliminaries with 14,712.
Yulo’s defeat at his favorite event took the air off a campaign that started on a bright note, with Nesthy Petecio kicking off the acclaimed boxing team’s bid here with a unanimous decision victory over Marcelat Sakobi Matshu of the Democratic Republic of Congo. at the Kokugikan Stadium.
Petecio scored a unanimous decision victory over the Congolese, where she appeared to have complete command.
But Filipino boxing coach Don Abnett believes there is more to Petecio’s tank.
“It was a tough performance,” said Abnett, who felt Petecio “left some of his boxing skills in the locker room.”
But Abnett was simply setting high standards for a boxing team tasked with taking home the country’s first Olympic gold medal. Petecio seemed dominant against his Congolese enemy.
“But it’s better to win a tough fight than to lose a tough fight,” he said.
And it was infinitely better than being out of the fray.
Kurt Barbosa was the first Filipino athlete to end his stay here after taking a beating from Korean top seed and current world champion Jang Jun in the -58 kilogram men’s taekwondo competitions at Makuhari Messe Hall.
Jang dropped Barbosa through a points gap, 26-6. A point difference advantage occurs when the margin reaches 20 points at any point in the game.
The 6-footer Jang, who is almost a head taller than Barbosa, ran to a 12-1 lead in the first round and never looked back.
Barbosa could still have reached the battle for bronze, but Jang suffered an impressive defeat in the semi-finals, beating Tunisian Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi, 25-19.
That officially eliminated Barbosa as only the jins who lose to eventual finalists enter the play-off for a shot at bronze.
“I give my gratitude to those people who supported me throughout my journey, for praying and believing that I can,” Barbosa posted on his Instagram page later that day.
Meanwhile, also late Saturday night, Irish Magno steps into the ring, hoping to take advantage of Petecio’s victory, while Cris Nievarez participates in the men’s singles scull quarterfinals. Shooter Jason Valdez also sees action as the Filipinos advance in their quest for medals.
Magno will be a bit of a loser when she takes on Christine Ongare of Kenya in women’s flyweight (48-51kg) at Kokukigan Stadium.
“We analyzed his opponent last night and the tactic [Irish] you need to use is like getting in and out of hitting range, ”Abnett said.
The key, Abnett said, would be to trick the Kenyan.
“The Kenyan girl loves to scrap. [Irish] you just have to open the gap, let her miss, and then fight back with what we call bread and butter shots, head and body shots, “Abnett said.
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