Carlos Edriel Yulo emerged as the favorite and top candidate for the all-around 9th Senior Artistic Gymnastics Asian Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar by giving an amazing form to take the lead.

/ 17 June 2022

Yulo recently came out successful in the Southeast Asian Games campaign in Hanoi where he bagged five golds and two silvers, and now he is ready to take more.

The 4-foot-11 Yulo started his Day One of the competition with an average score of 41.833 after three apparatuses where he topped the floor exercise with a score of 14.800 and tallied 12.933 in the pommel horse and 14.100 in the rings.

With the result, Yulo has also qualified for the apparatus final of the floor exercise after taking first place, finishing sixth in the rings, and landing 20th in the pommel horse.

Still, the two-time world champion and Tokyo Olympian athlete cannot celebrate early as other contenders are adamant to win with the Chinese trio trailing Yin Dehang (41.800), Yang Jiaxing (41.700), and Shi Cong (41.300).

Other Japanese gymnasts also have the potential to lead as Koki Maeda scored 40.933, Shiga Tachibana had 40.900 and Tsuyoshi Hasegawa delivered 40.300.

If Yulo continues to lead, he will be the No. 1 qualifier to the Worlds. But before this, he will have to compete in the coming 2022 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool, United Kingdom, from Oct. 26 to Nov. 6.

Meanwhile, with the efforts of Yulo, Justine Ace de Leon (20th place, 17.500 points), and John Ivan Cruz (25th place, 13.367), the Philippines is running fifth overall with a total of 111.967 points in the team event.