October 15, 2019

Yulo Wins PH’s First Gold Medal at the World Championships

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  • Caloy Edriel Yulo bagged a gold medal in the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, which took place at the Hans Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany—naming him the first Filipino to win gold at the big sports event. 

    IMAGE Jat Tenorio of Red Ox Media Events

    The Filipino gymnast scored a total of 15.300 points, defeating silver medalist Artem Dolgopyat of Israel with total points of 15.200 and China’s Xiao Ruoteng who won the bronze medal with a score of 14.933.

    Yulo and Dolgopyat ended the execution part with a tie (8.8). However, Caloy dominated the floor exercise final as he showcased a full-twisting double layout, piked double front-half, 3 1/2 to barani, and a triple twist dismount.

    IMAGE Jat Tenorio of Red Ox Media Events

    The gold medalist performed well in the world championships, making him qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He ranked high enough to secure a slot in the Olympic games.

    “It was my first time to score 84-plus, that’s really high. I’m really happy [about] that,” Yulo said in an interview. Secretary General Bettina Pou of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines confirmed the qualification of Yulo for the Tokyo Olympics after receiving an official press notice of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).

    IMAGE Jat Tenorio of Red Ox Media Events

    “Yes, Caloy has already qualified in the all-around because he has moved up as No. 1 in the individual rankings since China, Russia and Japan have already qualified their athletes after their 1-2-3 finish, respectively, at last year’s worlds held in Doha, Qatar,” Pou added.

    Meanwhile, Munehiro Kugimiya who is the mentor of Caloy for over six years said that he is satisfied with Caloy’s performance, pointing out that there is still a lot of work to be done. 

    Caloy Edriel Yulo is the second Filipino to secure a slot to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after Filipino vaulter Ernest John Obiena. 

    Source: Philippine News Agency

    Featured image grabbed from Red Ox Media Events

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