Carlos Yulo captures gold, parallel bars silver, vault bronze in Doha campaign

DOHA, Qatar  — After ruling the floor exercise for a gold medal, Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo captured silver in parallel bars and and bronze in vault competitions at the 2023 International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series in Doha, Qatar over the weekend.

Yulo, who was world champion in 2019, settled for silver in the parallel bars event with a 14.933 score at the Aspire Dome in Doha, just behind Ukraine’s Illia Kovtun who tallied 14.966.

The bemedalled 23-year-old dimunitive athlete also garnered a 14.883 average in his vault after performing a handspring front double pike and a Kasamatsu double twist to claim the bronze medal.
Armenia’s Artur Davtyan clinched gold with 15.083 while Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov got the silver with 14.899.

Last week, Yulo claimed the top spot in his favorite event floor exercise with his flawless routine for a gold medal.

Before his Doha campaign, Yulo only managed to get a bronze in the parallel bars in Germany last week.

Yulo will head to the next leg of the World Cup series in Baku, Azerbaijan on March 9 to 12 then the final phase in Cairo on April 27 to 30.

In the floor exercises, Japan’s Kazuki Minami, the 2019 champion in Cottbus, Germany and Paris, France, finished second with a score of 14.200 while Luke Whitehouse of Great Britain scored 13.966 to settle for third place.

Yulo, who won four gold medals in the 2022 Vietnam Southeast Asian Games and is a triple-gold medalist at the 2022 Asian Championships, submitted the second-best score of 14.933 in the parallel bars event won by Ukraine’s Kovtun, who scored 14.966.

Kovtun also topped the event in the first leg held in Cottbus last month.

Two-time European champion Ferhat Arıcan of Turkey took the bronze medal with a score of 14.733.

In the vault event, Yulo scored 14.883 to settle for bronze.

The gold medal went to 2020 Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist and 2022 world champion Artur Davtyan (15.083).

Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov, a four-time European champion, secured the bronze medal with a score of 14.899.

Japan’s Yuya Kamoto (high bar), China’s Yang Liu (rings) and Kazakhstan’s Nariman Kurbanov (pommel horse) were the other gold medalists.