Carlos Yulo claims vault gold, parallel bars silver at world championships

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) — Gymnast Carlos Yulo is now the first Filipino to win multiple medals in the world championships, bagging gold in the men’s vault category and silver in the men’s parallel bars competition at the 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan.

The 21-year-old bested seven other athletes in the finals of the vault event after delivering a near-flawless attempt of a Kasamatsu double twist and a Dragulescu, considered one of the hardest elements on vault.

He scored an average of 14.916, surpassing Japan’s Yonekura Hidenobu who ranked second with 14.866, and Israel's Andrey Medvedev who earned 14.649.

Meanwhile, Yulo scored 15.300 in the parallel bars final, behind China’s Hu Xuwei who garnered a scored of 15.466. China’s Shi Cong placed third in the category with a score of 15.066.

Yulo's double victory came just a day after  failed to defend his world title in the men’s floor exercise final.

In August, he also missed a podium finish in the men's vault apparatus competition in the Tokyo Olympics.

In 2019, Yulo made history after capturing the Philippines' first ever gold in the world championships. A year before that, he took home the bronze medal in the event.