MANILA, Philippines – Carlos Yulo came terribly close to becoming the second Philippine medalist at the Tokyo Olympics after finishing fourth overall in the men’s artistic gymnastics jump final.
The Philippine bet had a total of 14,716, just 0.017 less than bronze medalist Artur Davtyan of Armenia, who finished with 14,733.
It can also be argued that Yulo had a legitimate shot at gold with his final mark just 0.067 short of top ranked Shin Jeahwan of South Korea and silver medalist Denis Abliazin of the Russian Olympic Committee.
“We can’t really do anything about it anymore, it was very close,” Yulo said in Filipino. “I had a chance to win a medal if I landed correctly.”
Yulo’s first vault scored 14,566 after his right foot fell off the mat, but he had a 14,866 on the second vault for his Dragulescu, a double-front swing with a half-turn.
The Dragulescu was actually the best mark in the second vault for all competitors, but Yulo’s first race eventually dragged his score below the podium.
“I’m a bit sorry about what happened because I had a great second vault,” said Yulo, 21, who wanted to redeem himself after failing to qualify for the medal round of the men’s floor exercise, his favorite event.
Maraming salamat po Pilipinas ❤️🇵🇭🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/3YMt4qJaZZ
– Carlos Edriel Yulo (@c_edrielzxs) August 2, 2021
However, Yulo promised that he would come back stronger as he prepares to compete in All-Japan Seniors in September.
“I want to be stronger, I feel like I can be better,” Yulo said.
“I will not go home to the Philippines yet because I still have a competition here next month. I want to redeem myself. “
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