19-year-old Carlos Yulo has become the Philippines’ first gold medalist at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. He earned the distinction by topping the floor exercise of the competition last October 12. Yulo was also the youngest competitor at the event.
Yulo was already making waves at 2018’s championships, having earned himself a bronze medal while simultaneously making himself the first Filipino to occupy the podium. This year he climbed his way to gold with an impressive score of 15.300 points, just 0.1 ahead of silver medalist Artem Dolgopyat of Israel. China’s Xiao Ruoteng came in at third.
While the floor exercise is widely considered Yulo’s strength, it wasn’t his only shining moment this weekend. He had previously reached the top 10 of the men’s individual all-around final last Friday, beating out the best of the best from around the globe. Earlier on Monday, he already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by ranking in the men’s individual all-around competition.
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