By Josef Ramos
CARLOS YULO performed a triple twist in the air and landed flawlessly on both feet with fluid flair and flawless balance to win the gold medal in the men’s vault on Sunday at the 50th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan.
About two hours later, Yulo was back at the General Gymnasium and with another show of upper body strength and grace, annexed the silver parallel bars for a two-medal win that nearly made up for his attempt to maintain. of the title foiled in the floor exercise.
Once again, Yulo – only 21 and two inches under five feet but already an Olympian – was more shy than ever. Thus, the president of the Philippine Gymnastics Association, Cynthia Carrion-Norton, spoke for the consecutive world champion.
“Don’t worry mom, tomorrow [Sunday] I’m fighting, ”Carrion-Norton told Yulo on Saturday after missing the floor exercise podium where he was world champion two years ago in Stuttgart, Germany, but fifth in Japan on Saturday.
Gold in vaulting was at the limit of Yulo’s radar for placing third four days ago in qualifying with a score of 14.808. But he was much better in the final.
Yulo had the best score of 15.033 in the final averaging 14.916 points scored with a triple twist on his first attempt and a half twist after performing a perfect jump highlighted by a double hand jump on the vault. on his second attempt for the highest score.
“We are afraid of the Ukrainian because he was very good. But when he felt it on his second attempt, I stood up and knew Caloy was the winner, ”said Carrion-Norton.
Ukrainian Nazar Chepurnyi dominated qualifying with 14.833 but suffered a bad landing on his second attempt and finished second to last in seventh place (14.149).
Japan’s Hidenobu Yonekura settled for the silver medal with 14.866 points while Israel’s Andrey Medvedev took the bronze with 14.649.
Yulo scored 15.466 points to settle for silver on parallel bars. He was leading at the start of the competition, but China’s Xuwei Hu saved his best for last and took the gold with 15.466. Another Chinese, Cong Shi, won bronze with 15.066.
It was a weekend of redemption for Yulo, who in July was frustrated with stepping on the podium on his Olympic debut in Tokyo.
Yulo remained in Japan after the Olympics and continued to train under the guidance of longtime Japanese coach Munehiro Kujimiya.