Gymnast Carlos Yulo (GMA Network photo courtesy)
MANILA — Bemedalled national gymnast Carlos Yulo returned to the podium with a bronze finish in the 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Liverpool on Sunday (early Monday morning, Manila time).
Yulo chalked up a score of 15.366, good for the bronze medal. He also finished as a runner-up in last year’s edition of the parallel bars final.
Riding on the crest of a silver medal finish in the men’s vault, Yulo actually took the early lead despite having the lowest score in difficulty at 6.300. He made up for it with great execution as he garnered a mark of 9.066 en route to a bronze finish.
Last year, Yulo ruled the men’s vault but two-time world champion and reigning Olympic gold medalist Jingyuan Zou proved too much for the rest of the field as he blew them away with a whopping 16.166 to take his third gold medal in parallel bars at the worlds.
Zou had the highest difficulty in his routine at 6.900 while also achieving the highest mark in execution at 9.266. Only he and Yulo breached 9.000 in execution.
Coming in second is Germany’s Lukas Dauser with a score of 15.500. Despite a lower score than Yulo in execution (8.900), he made up for it with a .300 higher difficulty in his routine.
Yulo sealed the bronze medal when home bet Joe Fraser fell to dead last with 14.700.
Yulo thus completed his stint in this year’s edition of the world championships with silver and bronze medals. (ai/mtvn)