TOKYO — Carlos Yulo was speechless Saturday night after failing to qualify for the floor exercise final, the gymnastics event where he was preferred to win a gold medal here at the Tokyo Olympics.
After a while he found some who described his feelings – although perhaps he had also spoken for a hopeful country.
“It hurts. It hurts. It really hurts (It hurts. It hurts. It really hurts),” he said before leaving the Ariake Gymnastics Center here.
“I don’t know what happened,” he said in Filipino.
“I came here really well prepared. I did my best, ”added Yulo. “Maybe it just wasn’t meant for me.”
Yulo fumbled a landing early in his routine and landed poorly on execution with 13,566 points.
Yulo, the reigning world champion in floor exercise, finished 44th in the event.
However, Yulo made it to the final and finished sixth in the preliminary round with 14,712.
Officials had their hopes that Yulo would deliver the Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold on his pet floor training while landing on the podium in the jump and parallel bars.
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