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2020 Tokyo Olympics

Caloy Yulo makes vault final, suffers shock exit in floor


Caloy Yulo made an apparatus final, but major falls in his pet event saw him go out as the men’s all-around and apparatus qualification of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics concluded at the Ariake Gymnastics Center, Saturday. 

The 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist on vault showed up on the vault apparatus with a huge performance on his two vaults. He finished with an average of 14.712. The result saw him qualifying in sixth place.

A well-executed Kasamatsu double full on his first vault scored 14.766, buoyed by a huge 9.166 execution score, for his first vault. He then followed it up with a Dragulescu, which also got a 9.058 execution score.

South Korean Shin Jaehwan looks to reclaim the vault title with a 14.866 score in the qualifiers.

The biggest story of the night, however, is his stunning exit in the floor exercise final.

The reigning World Champion in the said apparatus made a huge stumble on his first pass. He then almost made another on his second.

Yulo recovered the rest of the way, but could not get a score high enough to put him into the top eight. Instead, he finished with a dismal 13.566 in 44th place. Instead, his silver medalist from the Worlds, Israel’s Artem Dologopyat, was the top qualifier with 15.200.

The 2019 SEA Games all-around champion, therefore, could not get into the top 24 of the all-around standings. He missed on the said final as well, as his scores from the rest of the apparatuses could not suffice. He ended up with a total of 79.931 putting him in 47th place overall.

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Yulo started the day with 14.000 and in 24th place on rings before moving on to vault. After his two vaults, the 21-year-old took the parallel bars and horizontal bar with 13.466 (55th place) and 12.300 (63rd place), respectively

The Filipino star then ended his night with an 11.833 on the pommel horse for 69th place in the apparatus.

Japanese upstart Daiki Hashimoto leads the pack for the all-around final with a huge 88.531 total, boosted by final-qualifying top score in the horizontal bar at 15.033.

The other top qualifiers are China’s Zou Jingyuan with a monstrous 16.166 on parallel bars; and Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chih Kai on the pommel horse with 15.266.

Yulo will look to make his last event count. He fights for a medal in the vault final on Monday, August 2 at 5:54 PM, Manila time.

Grew to appreciate various sports from tennis to judo. True-maroon kiddo since the new millennium. Fanboy. Singer. Occasional sports writer.

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