Even the best fall down sometimes.
Carlos Yulo cannot help but to cry and vent out his frustrations after experiencing a heartbreaker when he failed to qualify in his pet event floor exercise in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last July 24.
But that was his only way to give himself a tap on the back and it only made the Filipino gymnast stronger come the vault final Monday, Aug. 2.
“Isang gabi lang po ‘yon. Sobrang down like ang daming nagme-message sa akin na, ‘kaya mo yan.’ Akala po nila nawalan ako ng gana or like hindi ko kaya,” recalled the 21-year-old gymnast in between pauses in an interview with One Sports correspondent Gretchen Ho after the men’s vault final. “Pero ‘di naman po. Ganoon po talaga nangyayari. Naiintindihan ko po ‘yon na hindi palaging smooth ‘yong daan lalo na po sports po ito, [talagang may] ups and downs.
“Noong gabi pong ‘yon, like after namin mag-meeting, pagpasok ko sa kwarto, sobrang umiyak po talaga ako. Iniyak ko po talaga. Hindi ko kinaya na pigilan tsaka ayaw ko rin pigilan. Feeling ko mas lalakas pa ako kapag nilabas ko siya.”
And after a week, the gymnast from Malate, Manila, who is fondly known as Caloy, did not disappoint after landing fourth in the vaults.
Despite missing a podium finish, Yulo scored the highest in his second leap with 14.866. He fell short due to a penalty in the first attempt with 14.566 for an overall 14.716.
Were it not for the penalty, a costly 0.100 after his foot stuck out of the landing mark, he could have captured the bronze medal away from Armenia’s Artur Davtyan, who finished with 14.733.
South Korean Shin Jeahwan, a two-time world champion, ruled the event en route to the gold while Russian Olympic Committee’s Denis Abliazin secured silver.
Yulo, the 2019 world champion in floor exercise, later on expressed gratitude to all of his supporters and vowed to return stronger.