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Carlos Yulo places 5th in floor exercise defense at worlds


Philippines’ Carlos Edriel Yulo prepares to compete in vault event at the men’s team qualification during the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Kitakyushu City Gymnasium in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka prefecture on October 20, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—Carlos Yulo failed to defend his title as he finished fifth in the floor exercise final of the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Saturday at Kitakyushu City Gymnasium in Japan.

The 21-year-old dynamo had a bittersweet result of 14.566–with 8.266 execution and 6.6 difficulty–after he got slapped with a -0.3 deduction after he landed out of bounds in his second tumbling.

Without the deduction, Yulo could’ve won the gold ahead of eventual winner Nicola Bartolini of Italy, who earned a score of 14.800 (8.6 execution and 6.2 difficulty).

Yulo still has a chance to win medals in the vault and parallel bars finals scheduled for tomorrow.

Japan’s Minami Kazuki won silver with a score of 14.766 on 8.266 execution and 6.5 difficulty while Emil Soravuo of Finland claimed the bronze at 14.700, 8.7 execution and 6 difficulty.

South Korea’s Ryu Sunghyun came in fourth with a score of 14.6 on 8.1 execution and 6.5 difficulty.

Kaya Kazuma of Japan finished sixth with a score of 14.533 on 8.633 execution and 5.9 difficulty while Kazakhstan’s Milad Karimi was seventh at 14.333 on 7.933 execution and 6.4 difficulty.

The Great Britain’s Hayden Skinner rounded out the table finishing eighth with a score of 14.1, 7.9 execution and 6.5 difficulty. He was also slapped with a -0.3 deduction for going out of bounds in his first tumbling.

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