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Yulo wins gold, silver in world gymnastics tilt

Tokyo Olympics veteran Carlos Yulo came up with performances that were hard to beat from the start.

In the end, the 21-year-old Yulo finished with a gold medal in the vault and a silver medal in the parallel bars at the end of his routines in the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2021 in Kitakyushu, Japan on Sunday.

Yulo’s high average score of 14.916 proved difficult to overtake as he remained unchallenged all afternoon in the vault finals.

His huge effort earned him his second World Championship title since grabbing the floor exercise gold in Stuttgart, Germany in 2019.

The judges liked what they saw on his first of two attempts, which consisted of a well-executed running approach to the vault, followed by two stiff front flips and a flawless half flip on his way down.

Yulo’s routine was one of the many popular routines in men’s gymnastics, known as the "Dragulescu", a handspring double front somersault vault with a half twist.

Later, Yulo took the lead in the parallel bars and held it until it was Chinese rival Hu Xuwei’s turn.

The 24-year-old Hu then came up with a more difficult routine to win the gold medal.

The gold-silver haul more than made up for Yulo’s fifth place finish in his favorite floor exercise last Saturday.

Yulo, who was given a .3 penalty in the floor exercises finals, thereby denying him the gold, had an average score of 14.566.

Hu, who was the sixth performer on the floor, averaged 15.46 points to claim first place, snatching the lead from Yulo, who settled for the silver with 15.3.

In the early stages of the parallel bars, Yulo led after the judges gave him an 8.9 rating with execution and 6.4 points for difficulty.

But Hu outpointed Yulo by tallying 8.866 points on execution and 6.6 for difficulty.

Another Chinese, Shi Cong, settled for the bronze medal with 15.06.

As he quickly executed his moves in the vault finals, Yulo scored 14.98 points, before he was given a higher tally of 15.033 on his second attempt, to finish with 14.916.

Yodenobu Hinekura of Japan stayed in second all the way to the end behind Yulo, with his score of 14.866 (15 and 14.733) good for the silver.

Andray Medvedev of Israel outscored two others for third place and grabbed the bronze with 14.649.

Nicola Bartolini of Italy, who led an Italian charge to collect one of their team’s four medals in the men’s division, topped the men’s floor exercise.

Meanwhile, Bartolini averaged 14.800, while doing the more difficult routines, handing the 25-year-old Italian his first world gymnastics' medal at his fourth championship stint.

Bartolini’s performance set the tone for more medal conquests for the Italians, from Asia D’Amato and Marco Lodadio, who earned silver medals in the women’s vault and rings, respectively, while Salvatore Maresca finished tied for the bronze on the rings with newcomer Grigorii Klimentev (Russia).

Gymnasts Lan Xingyu and Wei Xiaoyuan added golds for the People’s Republic of China, while Stephen Nedoroscik became the first US competitor to earn a world title on the pommel horse, even as Rebeca Andrade became the first Brazilian to win the women’s vault.

Topics: Carlos Yulo , Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2021 , Hu Xuwei
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