Carlos Yulo narrowly misses Olympic medal in vault finals

MANILA, Philippines – Carlos Yulo failed to secure an Olympic medal after he competed in the finals of the gymnastics vault event on Monday, August 2.

Yulo went against seven of the best gymnasts all over the world hailing from Turkey, Brazil, Armenia, South Korea, and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). Unfortunately, he fell short for podium finish and ranked fourth with an average score of 14.716 after two attempts.

Carlos Yulo finishes 4th in men's vault finals
Carlos Yulo finishes 4th in men's vault finals. Photo credit: Paolo del Rosario/One Sports

In his first pass, he incurred a deduction of 0.1 when he stepped off the mat in his landing. In his last attempt, he successfully landed and earned a score of 14.866 but it wasn't enough for him to rank at least third.

South Korea's Shin Jeahwan took home the gold medal in the event, while Denis Abliazin of Russian Olympic Committee took the silver medal.

Prior to the competition, Cynthia Carrion-Norton, president of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines already expressed her confidence and hope that Yulo will be more "relaxed" this time.

"Hopefully he is more relaxed this time. But watching all the great gymnasts from all over the world could be intimidating," she said.

Often dubbed as the Philippines' Tokyo Olympics' "Golden Boy", hopes were high for Yulo to bring home a medal for the country. Expectations were a bit dampened when he failed to enter the floor exercises where he is the world champion. Yulo admitted feeling hurt with the results but Filipino fans continue to cheer for him online.

Despite Yulo's performances in the Tokyo Olympics, messages of support and appreciation continue to pour in for him online. He also shared a message thanking God, his parents and everyone who believed in his dream. Yulo said his journey wasn't easy as he sacrificed sweat and tears to get there. In the end, he said he is proud to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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