The Philippines’s top gymnast Carlos Yulo began began his trek to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with flourish, bagging the gold medal in the men’s floor exercise at the 2019 FIG World Cup in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday (Feb. 23, 2019).
Yulo, who just turned 19 on Feb. 16, keeps getting better and better as he beat favorite Hibiki Arayashiki of Japan and two other European bets to win the gold, earning precious points in his world ranking and boosting his bid for a slot in Tokyo.
Unlike in his previous tournaments where he started hot and fizzled out in the final, this time Yulo paced himself well, finishing at third in the qualifying round but pouring it all in the final where he topscored with 14. 556 points in his favorite event.
Arahashiki took the silver while Spain’s Rayderley Zapata and Great Britain’s Dominick Cunningham took the bronze. They all finished with similar scores of 14.500 points.
Yulo is joining qualifying tournaments to boost his world ranking for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and as the rate he’s going and barring unforeseen hitches, he’s well on his way and even puts himself in a good position to win a medal in the world’s greatest sports spectacle.