Yulo sets sights on 2024 Olympics
CEBU CITY, Philippines—Filipino gymnastics sensation Carlos Yulo will use his frustrations in Tokyo to fuel his goal to win a gold medal in the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Yulo, one of the top bets of the Philippines to win a gold medal, settled for fourth place in the men’s vault finals of the men’s artistic gymnastics event of the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, August 2, 2021.
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It was very frustrating for Yulo, who was an inch closer to bringing home a bronze medal for the Philippines.
“I was that close, very close,” Yulo said in a press release from the Philippine Sports Commission. “But it happened and I can do nothing about that anymore.”
The 21-year old Yulo missed the podium after he slipped in his landing in the first of two vaults.
Unable to qualify in his pet event, the floor exercise, where he was the world champion in 2019, the vault was Yulo’s last chance for a medal in his Olympic debut.
South Korea’s Shin Jeahwan won the gold medal, Russian Olympic Committee’s Denis Ablizian settled for the silver and Armenia’s Artur Davtyan snatched the bronze medal.
“It was disappointing because I was doing very well in practice,” Yulo said. “But I wondered why I slipped.”
Yulo announced that he won’t be going home to Malate, Manila since he has a scheduled competition in September for the All-Japan Seniors Championships.
“My next target is Paris . I want to make myself stronger and better. I feel I have something more to show and prove,” he said.
But unlike in his rundown to the Tokyo Olympics, Yulo said he will train clandestinely for Paris.
“Next time, I won’t be joining tournaments,” he said. “I will train by myself until I get stronger and better prepared. I will not give up,” he stressed.
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