CARLOS YULO BACK ON TRACK AFTER TOKYO OLYMPICS FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
After an impressive Olympic run, Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo is back on track as he is set to take action in two upcoming competitions including the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan from October 18 to 24.
The Filipino prodigy is currently staying in Japan under the tutelage of Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya.
Yulo decided to stay in Japan following the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where he finished fourth place in the vault apparatus finals of the artistic gymnastics, to continue his practices and training.
After his Olympic debut, the 4-foot-9 dynamo only rested for a day before resuming training as he prepares for the two major competitions.
“Nakapagpahinga na po isang araw, tapos bumalik na [sa training],” said Yulo in an interview with Power and Play last weekend.
“May competition kasi ako next month dito tapos may competition po uli next, next month, ‘yung world championship,” he added.
Two years ago, it was the same world championships where Yulo made a historic run and secured the country’s first world championship after topping the men’s floor exercise final in Stuttgart, Germany.
The victory also made him the first Southeast Asian male gymnast to capture a gold medal in the Worlds.
This win made him a heavy favorite to win medals in the Summer Games.
However, Yulo struggled in the all-around qualification and failed to secure a finals’ spot in the floor exercise but he still made it in the vault finals.
The 50th edition of the worlds was supposed to be held in Copenhagen last year but was canceled due to the pandemic.