Carlos EdrielYulo came through with a gritty performance on Monday to advance to the men’s’ all-around finals, and, more importantly, secure a slot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Hans Martin Schleyer Halle in Germany.
Propped up by identical scores of 14.333 in the vault and parallel bars, his last two events, Yulo finished 18th overall out of 160 entries to make the cut of 24 gymnasts in the all-around finals on Friday at the ultra-modern, 15,000-seat arena in the home of both Porsche and Merdes Benz.
In a historic first for Philippine gymnastics, the diminutive 4-foot-11 dynamo emerged as the country’s second Olympic qualifier after pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, who sealed his own ticket to Tokyo early last month in ruling a meet in Italy.
As icing on the cake, the gymnast scored a solid 14.666 points in his pet event, the floor exercise, and finished seventh overall to make cut of eight entries and enter the finals of the apparatus on Saturday in the stint supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Yulo’s qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics was confirmed in an official press notice issued by the International Gymnastics Federation, known by its French acronym FIG, which was received by Gymnastics Association of the Philippines secretary general Bettina Pou back in Manila.
“Yes, Caloy (Yulo’s nickname) 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 said.
“This is wonderful for Philippine gymnastics and for Caloy. It is an honor for GAP to have the second qualifier to the Olympics,” noted GAP president Cynthia Carrion, who took in the athlete way back in 2009 as a GAP protégé.
“Hopefully he will continue to do well and win a medal in both the all-around and floor exercise. And we urge our countrymen back home to pray for his success here,” she added.*PNA
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