Carlos Yulo defends floor exercise world title Saturday

Published October 22, 2021, 1:22 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Carlos Yulo competes in the floor event at the men’s qualification during the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Kitakyushu City Gymnasium in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka prefecture on October 20, 2021. (AFP)

Carlos Yulo guns for a title defense in the floor exercise of the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Saturday at the Kitakyushu General Gymnasium in Japan.

The finals will start at 4:10 p.m. (3:10 p.m. Manila time) with the 21-year-old Yulo tipped to retain the crown after winning it in the 2019 edition in Stuttgart, Germany.

He will be performing third among eight finalists.

The floor exercise is just one of the three apparatus that Yulo will be competing for the gold medal on this world stage.

He eyes for the titles in vault and the parallel bars Sunday.

Determined to redeem himself from an unsuccessful medal campaign at the Tokyo Olympics last August, Yulo delivered a flawless routine by topping the floor exercise qualifications Wednesday with a score of 15.166.

“I want to step up my game. I didn’t want to make the same mistakes,” Yulo was quoted saying, referring to his debut Olympic experience.

Out to give him a challenge in the floor exercise are qualifiers Nicola Bartolini of Italy, Daiki Hashimoto and Kazuki Minami of Japan, Milad Karimi of Kazakhstan, Hayden Skinner of Great Britain, Ryu Sunghyun of Korea and Emil Soravuo of Finland.

Meanwhile, Yulo will first see action in Sunday’s vault finals starting at 4:25 p.m. (3:25 p.m. in Manila), followed by the parallel bars at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. Manila time).

He will be the first performer in vault and will be challenging Japan’s Hidenobu Yonekura of Japan, Korea’s Yang Hakseon, Courtney Tulloc of Great Britain, Andrey Medvedev of Israel, Thomas grass of Italy, William Emard of Canada and top qualifier Nazar Chepurnyi of Ukraine.

Yulo, meanwhile, will be performing third in the parallel bars along with Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto and Kazuma Kaya, Switzerland’s Christian Baumann, Brazil’s Caio Souza, United States’ Yul Moldauer, and China’s Hu Xuwei and Zhang Boheng.

Yulo was a revelation in parallel bars after topping the qualifying with 15.566. He came in third in the vault qualification with 14.808.