Filipino gymnastics sensation Carlos Yulo recently snatched a bronze medal in the parallel bars of the 2021 All Japan Apparatus Championships in Takasaki increasing his chances for the country’s first Olympic gold in the Tokyo Games next month.
The 21-year-old 2019 world floor exercise champion finished third with a total of 14.966 from 6.400 on difficulty and 8.566 on execution, behind Japanese Yusuke Tanaka and Kaito Sugimoto, whom both won gold with identical 15.400 points.
The Gymnastics Association of the Philippines lauded Yulo for his achievement. “Great performance Caloy! We can’t wait to see you defy the gravity in the Olympics!” the national federation said.
Yulo is hoping to maximize his golden chances by competing not only in his pet floor exercise where he won the world championship gold in Stuttgart, Germany but also in the individual all-around event where he has made significant progress.
Yulo claimed an Olympic seat after a 10th-place finish in Stuttgart in October 2019 to become the second Filipino to make the cut next to pole-vaulter EJ Obiena, who claimed his spot in Chiari, Italy the month before.
They were since joined by boxers Eumir Marcial, Irish Magno, Nesthy Petecio, and Carlo Paalam, 2016 Rio Games weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, rower Cris Nievarez, jin Kurt Barbosa and skateboarder Margie Didal.
Yulo who is currently based in Japan for his Olympic preparations also won two golds and five silvers in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games held in Manila.