carlos yulo - Gymnast Carlos Yulo salvages bronze in Japan tilt
World champion gymnast Carlos Yulo (MB File Photo)

Olympic-bound Carlos Yulo clinched a bronze medal in vault in the recent 2020 All-Japan Senior Gymnastics Championships in Takasaki, Japan.

The 20-year-old world champion shared identical 14.733 points for third place with Kenzo Shirai to behind co-winners Wataru Kanigawa and Keisuke Asato.

Kanigawa, a 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medalist, and Asato both posted 14.900.

Yulo struggled in floor exercise, the event that earned him a ticket to next year’s Olympics, by sharing 19th place with Tatsuki Tanaka and Kentaro Yunoki with a dismal 13.966 showing.

The Filipino bet also failed to make podium finishes in pommel horse (12.900), still rings (14.100), parallel bars (14.066) and horizontal bar (13.633).

His performances only earned him 12th place in the all-around with 83.398, a far cry from eventual winner Kazuma Kaya with 86.998.

Kaya, a multiple world championship medalist who is also set to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, also captured the gold in parallel bars and silver in pommel horse.

This is the first tournament for Yulo after a long layoff due to the pandemic. His last competition was at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games where he collected two golds and five silvers.

Yulo hopes to regain his composure and improve his future performances when he continues his extensive training in Japan with coach Munehiro Kugimiya.

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