Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo is set to defend his gold medal at the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Wednesday in Kitakyushu, Japan.

/ 20 October 2021

Yulo made history in the 2019 edition of the world championship in Stuart, Germany when he became the first Filipino and male Southeast Asian gymnast to bag the world title in the floor exercise.

The 21-year old gymnast will compete on the second day of the men’s qualification round in the floor exercise at 6:10 p.m. (5:10 p.m. Manila time).

He will also compete in the parallel bars at 5:20 p.m. (4:20 p.m. PST) and vault at 5:36 p.m. (4:36 p.m. PST) on Wednesday.

This will be Yulo’s first major world competition since the Tokyo Olympics where he was unable to advance in the final round of five apparatus, including his pet floor event.

He barely made a podium finish in the vault exercise where he finished fourth with a final tally of 14.716.

The Filipino wunderkind bared in an interview with the International Gymnastics Federation website that he is treating every competition as if it was the Olympics.

“I feel all of this competition will be revenge, all of it. This is like the Olympics. Every competition, big or small, I’m going to treat like it’s the Olympics, because my target for the 2024 is all-around, and my specialties are floor and vault,” he said.

Last September, Yulo made a strong showing during the 2021 All-Japan Senior and Masters Gymnastics Championships in Yamagata, Japan where nabbed gold and bronze medal finishes in the floor exercise and vault event, respectively.