Gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo is becoming one of the brightest medal hopes for the Philippines in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The 18-year-old again flashed his world-class act and made history by bagging a bronze medal in his favorite–men’s floor exercise of the 48th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar.
Yulo, who is coming off a medal-less campaign in the Jakarta Asian Games, bounced back strong with a historic feat, becoming the first Filipino and Southeast Asian athlete to win a medal in the tournament.
He submitted a score of 14.600 and placed third behind gold medal winner Artur Dalolayan (14.900) from Russia and silver finisher Japanese Kenzo Shirai, who had 14.866.
Dalolayan also topped the All-Around event and was a four-time European champion.
In the Asian Games last August, Yulo reached the men’s floor exercise and vault competitions. He was the heavy favorite for the gold in the floor when he topped the eliminations. A costly mistake in the final round, where he tried a difficult trick, put him at 7th place.
Few months earlier, Yulo bagged a silver in the floor exercise in the 2018 World Cup also in Qatar. In February, he won a bronze in the World Cup in Melbourne Australia and a silver in Baku, Azerbajian.