Carlos Yulo’s gutsy performance in defending the vault gold fell short. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)
Carlos Edriel Yulo sized up his rivals during the just-concluded 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championship—Olympic champion Daiki Hashimoto of Japan, China’s Zhang Boheng and Japanese Wataru Tanigawa—and didn’t candy-coat an assessment on where he stands.
“I was in the first group, the first time that I was grouped with the really good ones. That’s when I realized that I still lack a lot of things,’’ said Yulo after wrapping up his campaign against the finest gymnasts in the globe—and falling a tad short of a gold medal—in Liverpool, England.
“They’re really different mentally, not just in skills. I really look up to them,’’ added the Filipino fireball, who will be going home with a silver medal in the vault and a bronze in the parallel bars.
Hashimoto deposed Boheng in the extremely demanding men’s all-around where Yulo finished eighth, no thanks to inferior scores in the horizontal bar and the pommel horse that pulled him down. Tanigawa was third.