Pinoy gymnast Yulo goes for gold in floor exercise finals

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 11, 2019 01:46 PM
Pinoy gymnast Yulo goes for gold in floor exercise finals
Caloy Yulo is seeking to surpass his floor exercise bronze medal performance during his debut in the previous edition of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships held in Doha, Qatar last year.

STUTTGART –  With his ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games assured, Carlos Edriel Yulo will gun for gold in the floor exercise  at the start of the  apparatus finals on Saturday of the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the at the Hans Martin Schleyer Halle

Yulo, whose stint here is funded by the Philippine Sports Commission, is seeking to surpass his bagging the floor exercise bronze medal during his debut in the previous edition held in Doha, Qatar last year.

While the weather outside this hilly German City has been generally chilly, action inside the arena is expected to heat up featuring the top 24 finalists in both the men’s and women’s divisions, among them the celebrated American gymnast Simone Biles, who take to the floor at 4 p.m. (10 p.m. Manila time).  

“Gusto ko po talaga maka-gold ngayon. Para sa aking pamilya at kay coach Mune,” said the soft-spoken athlete shortly after he qualified for the event in placing seventh overall in the apparatus with a high score of 14.633 points, higher than his bronze-medal score of 14.600 in Doha.

Coach Mune, of course, is none other than Japanese mentor Munehiro Kugimiya, who has been supervising Yulo’s training for over six years now and fashioned the Pinoy gymnast into the world-class athlete that he is at present.

The Gymnastics Association of the Philippines protégé showed what it takes to be on top of his favorite event in securing the gold medal in the opening leg of the  FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup last January in Melbourne, Australia. 

Yulo bared that this is why Kugimiya raised the difficulty rating of his routine from 6.2 to 6.5, the highest among the eight floor exercise finalists, which was also rating as Russian defending floor exercise champion Artur Dalaloyan, who placed fifth in the qualifiers with a tally of 14.733 points.

He also has to reckon with the other finalists, including  Israel’s Artem  Dolgopyat, who emerged as the topnotcher in the qualifiers with a tally of 15.033 points.   

But Dolgopyat, a two-time floor exercise silver medalist in the European championships, merely finished fifth overall in the last world meet in Doha, something which Yulo will be well aware of.

Already secured of a  slot int the  men’s all-around event in next year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Yulo can add another event to his Olympic outing should he manage a podium finish on Saturday, which, hopefully, turns out to be a glittering gold.   

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