Filipino gymnast Caloy Edriel Yulo pulled off a historic feat after entering the finals of the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championship.
The 18-year-old Yulo scored 81.230 to finish 12th place in the men’s all-around during the two-day qualifying round held in Doha, Qatar.
It was enough for the Siklab Youth Sports Awardee to secure a berth in the finals of the qualifying tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after he made it into the top24 among 292 athletes.
He was fifth on the first day of the qualifiers and wound up fourth in the floor exercise that propelled Yulo to a spot in the worlds.
China’s Xiao Ruoteng topped the field with an output of 87.332 while Russian Nikita Nagornyy (87.098) and Samuel Mikulak of the United States (86.598) came in second and third, respectively.
According to Gymnastics Association of the Philippines secretary general Bettina Pou, Yulo has earned the distinction as the first Filipino to qualify in the individual all-around finals of the world championships.
“Huge congratulations to Caloy. This is a historic feat,’’ said Pou. “We have never, in our gymnastics history, qualified in the individual all-around finals in any world championships.’’