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Yulo returns to action in Japan tourney

Ian Suyu



Carlos Yulo registered a total of 83.398 points across six disciplines.

Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo has finally ended his hiatus as he entered his first ever tournament this year in the 53rd All Japan Senior Masters Gymnastics Championships at Gunma, Japan Tuesday afternoon.

Yulo, who already secured his slot for the Tokyo Olympics next year, registered a total of 83.398 points across six disciplines of the tourney, formally signalling his first return to competitive action since his medal-hoarding quest in the Southeast Asian Games last year.

Tokyo Olympian and former world champion Kazuma Kaya grabbed the gold medal-victory after tallying a total of 86.998, while fellow star gymnast Wataru Tanigawa took the silver finish with 85.965.

Meanwhile, former Asian Games winner Kenta Chiba settled for the bronze medal with 85.166 points under his name.

It was a shaky start for Yulo as he stumbled in his forte event, floor exercise, garnering only 13.466 points. It was then followed with an underwhelming 12.900 point-performance in the pommel horse event.

However, the Malate-born talent maintained his composure and pulled off his best performance in the vault event to get an impressive 14.733 points from the judges. It was then followed by another thrilling stunt in the still ring event, where he received 14.100 points.

He managed to finish the tournament on a high note with 14.066 points in the parallel bars and 13.633 in the horizontal bar event.

Prior to this competition, Yulo has been continuously sharpening his skills in Tokyo, under the tutelage of noted gymnastics mentor Munehiro Kugemiya since January, a couple of months before the deadly coronavirus crisis quickly spread across the world.

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