By Dion Fetalvero


Filipino gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo ended his Olympics campaign on a sad note after failing to secure a podium finish in the artistic gymnastics men’s vault finals at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Monday.

The SEA Games multi-medallist fell short by 0.067 for a bronze medal after achieving an average score of 14.716 for his two vault attempts. 

Yulo was expected to bag an Olympic medal in a different apparatus – the floor exercise, however, the world champion failed to qualify in the apparatus finals after placing 44th out of 64 competitors.

Despite the rough start in the quadrennial meet, the Filipino gymnast regrouped and delivered a decent performance in his last hurrah — an attempt to redeem himself in the competition.

Yulo achieved a score of 14.566 in his first vault but was deducted with a 0.1 after stepping off the mat with his landing.

In hopes for a medal contention, he needed to step up on his second vault and achieve one of the highest scores in the competition. 

The gymnast vaulted to a 14.866 in his second attempt — the second highest score in the competition, but it was still short by a hairline of margin. 

Jeahwan Shin of South Korea, one of the two favorites in the competition, bagged gold with a 14.783 score (14.733 and 14.833).

Meanwhile, Denis Abliazin of the Russian Olympic Committee and Artur Davtyan of Armenia ranked second and third place respectively.