(UPDATED) One day after failing to defend his title in the floor exercise, Carlos Edriel Yulo is once again a world champion.
Yulo ruled the vault apparatus in the 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, held Sunday at the Kitakyushu City General Gymnasium in Kitakyushu, Japan.
This is his second world championship, after winning in the floor exercise in 2019 that sealed his spot in the Tokyo Olympics.
The first to perform among eight finalists, Yulo immediately set the bar when he scored 14.800 on his first vault, followed by a 15.033 on his second -- a Dragulescu that drew great praise from the commentators and the audience.
His average in the final of 14.916 was a marked improvement from his score of 14.808 in the qualifying, wherein he placed third.
Immediately stepping up to challenge Yulo was hometown bet Hidenobu Yonekura, who scored a 15.000 in his first vault -- his own skill that had a 6.000 difficulty score. However, he only got a 14.733 in his second vault, and his average of 14.866 allowed Yulo to hold on to the lead.
The remaining gymnasts were unable to come close to their scores, with Israel's Andrey Medvedev emerging as the bronze medalist after an average score of 14.649.
Below are the official results of the vault final:
Yulo had hoped to defend his world title in the floor exercise and looked poised to do so after topping the qualifiers, but he committed an uncharacteristic error in his routine on Saturday.
He stepped off the mat midway through his performance, incurring a 0.300 deduction. His final score of 14.566 was good for fifth place.
Yulo has a chance for another world title in the parallel bars later Sunday.