Yulo gains Olympic slot

Gymnast Carlos Yulo became the second Filipino athlete to qualify to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Carlos Yulo became the second Filipino to earn a berth to the 2020 Olympics after pole vaulter EJ Obiena.

This, after he advanced to the finals of the all-around and floor exercise in the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

Yulo ranked 18th in the all-around and 7th in the floor exercise.

Philippine gymnastics chief Cynthia Carrion confirmed the development to Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News on Tuesday morning.

“He performed beautifully,” Carrion said of the 19-year-old Yulo, the youngest male gymnast in the competition. “The whole place, a crowd of about 30,000, applauded him.”

The 4-foot-11 dynamo has already shown that he can shine on the world stage, bagging a gold medal in the floor exercise in the opening leg of the FIG Apparatus World Cup last February in Melbourne, Australia.

Competing against the elite of men’s gymnastics, Yulo copped a bronze medal in the same event in the next stop of the World Cup in Doha, Qatar a month later.

He became the first Filipino gymnast to win a gold medal in the vault event of the prestigious International Junior Gymnastics Championship in Yokohama, Japan in September 2017.

Despite performing with an injury, Yulo displayed a lot of fighting spirit in clinching the gold medal in the parallel bars of the 14th Junior Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Bangkok, Thailand held in May of the same year.

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena was the first Filipino athlete to punch a ticket to Tokyo, after passing the Olympic standard in an event in Italy last September.