After failing to defend his championship in the floor exercise at the 2021 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, Carlos Yulo bounced back as he won vault gold and parallel silver bars.
The 21-year-old Filipino gymnast bagged the gold medal in the vault final before capturing silver in the parallel bars event at Kitakyushu City Gymnasium in Japan on October 24. He is the first Filipino gymnast to compete in the final and win multiple world championship medals in a single tournament.
His vault gold matched his performance at the 2019 world championship, where he claimed the Philippines’ first-ever gold. Yulo surpassed his achievement two years ago by adding a silver in the parallel bars. (Read: Raining Gold: SEA Games athletes are inspiring fellow Filipinos to be their own champions)
With an average of 14.916, he executed two clean vaults: a Kasamatsu double twist and a Dragulescu handspring double front half out. He tallied 14.800 with 5.600 difficulty in his first vault before pulling off a well-executed Dragulescu to finish with 15.033 in his second vault as he clinched 9.433, trailing Ukraine’s Nazar Chepurnyi by .066.
Yonekura Hidenobu of Japan placed second after Yulo with a score of 14.866 built on 15.000 and 14.733 in his two attempts to secure silver, while Andrey Medvedev of Israel took bronze with a score of 14.649 anchored on 14.533 and 14.766.
According to the Olympics article, Yulo shared that his win for the gold medal came on a special day, which is his sister’s birthday, inspiring him to do his best to give her a gift.
Meanwhile, Yulo scored 15.300 for his routine in the parallel bars with 6.400 difficulty and 8.900 in execution. He attempted to snag the gold medal, but China’s Xuwei Hu dominated him in the final with 15.466.
His final score was more than .200, higher than his qualification score of 15.566. Hu’s compatriot, Shi Congwon, won bronze with a score of 15.066. (Read: Inspiring Pinoy Athletes Who Set Records During Tokyo Olympics)
“I am extremely happy today. I did my best. All the hard work paid off, but still it’s not satisfying for me yet,” Yulo expressed.
Recalling the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Yulo said he will use and remember it every time. He also said that he wanted to be the “best version” of himself.
“I won the gold [on vault] and another achievement for me on the parallel bars, but there is always something more. I want to reach my full potential as a gymnast,” he added.
Carlos Yulo made victory once again and brought honor to the country for winning two medals at the same time in a major tournament.