Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo made a historic victory capturing the gold medal in the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Germany.
The 19-year-old bags the elusive gold medal after flawlessly executing a 15.300-point performance to defeat Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat, who was the leading contender in the floor exercise.
Yulo is the second Filipino to secure a spot in the Olympics when he placed 18th overall with 82.164 points in the men’s all-around qualifiers of the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. He will battle it out with the other Olympians at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
However, the journey was not easy, despite offers from other countries to train, Yulo, stick with his Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya and left Manila to Tokyo when he was 16 to undergo intensive training.
He said, “I talked to my mom (Angelika) and she told it was better to go there and train with coach Mune. So I went,” Yulo said in an interview. “I was a shy kid then and there was the problem of communication. It was a bit hard since I was alone.”
The golden gymnast recalled that aside from adjusting with the new environment, the training was undoubtedly “super hard.”
Because of this feat President Rodrigo Duterte gave a P1 million incentive each to gold medalist gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxing champ Nesthy Petecio during their courtesy call in Malacañang on Wednesday.
The president also gave P500, 000 thousand each to Olympian weightlifter Hydilyn Diaz and boxer Eumir Marcial.