After reigning supreme in vault, Carlos Yulo takes silver in parallel bars

Published October 24, 2021, 6:20 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Carlos Yulo (AFP)

What he didn’t accomplish in his pet event floor exercise, he made it up in parallel bars.

Carlos Yulo added another mint in his 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships campaign after clinching the silver medal in parallel bars at the Kitakyushu General Gymnasium in Japan Sunday night.

A few hours after reigning supreme in vault, Yulo returned with another impressive performance to score 15.300 behind new world champion Hu Xuwei of China’s 15.466.

The silver finish was an added bonus to Yulo’s campaign as he entered the tournament with only the floor exercise gold in the previous edition in 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.

He didn’t even qualify in last edition’s parallel bars finals and surprised the crowd by topping this year’s qualifications with 15.566.

China’s Shi Cong, who replaced new all-around champion Zhang Boheng, settled for bronze with 15.066.

Tokyo Olympics double gold medalist Daiki Hashimoto of Japan and United States’ Yul Moldauer followed suit with identical 15.300 scores, while Japanese Kaya Kazuma (14.900), Brazil’s Caio Souza (14.566) and Switzerland’s Christian Baumann (12.33) completed the final tally.

In a way, Yulo accomplished his mission of redeeming himself from an unsuccessful debut Olympics appearance in Tokyo a few months ago despite placing fifth in Saturday’s floor exercise.