Two-time world champion, Carlos Yulo bagged gold on October 24 in the men’s vault at the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan.
The 21-year-old scored a winning 14.916, performing an impressive and clean Dragulescu vault: a front handspring double front with a half twist out.
Yulo’s victory comes as redemption for him after he failed to defend his title in the floor exercise on October 23 due to a hefty penalty and placing third in the qualifying event.
After successfully earning a 14.800 score in his first attempt, he recorded the highest execution score of 9.433 in his winning attempt.
The impressive win was secured when the top qualifier, Ukraine’s Nazar Chepurnyi settled for seventh place after failing to land on his second attempt, after recording a score of 14.866 in his first.
Although earning the highest difficulty score with 6.000, Japan’s Yonekura Hidenobu settled for silver with an average of 14.866, while bronze was won by Israel’s Andrey Medvedev with a score of 14.649.
Prior to the world championships, the young athlete had earned a bronze in the All-Japan Senior and Masters Gymnastics Championship men’s vault event in 2019, making him the most bemedalled gymnastics athlete at the time.
Currently, Yulo is the first Filipino Gymnast to bring home multiple world championship medals from a single staged event.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has commended Carlos on his incredible feats, with PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez calling him an inspiration to Filipino youth and athletes, thanks to his determination and sheer will.
The young gymnastics star has plans to go for more gold in the future and has said he hopes his younger siblings can join him in the sport he loves.
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