A Spot at the Olympic Games
Filipino gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo qualifies for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, representing our country with pride. He is the second Filipino athlete to be able to make it to the much-anticipated quadrennial sports event.
The other Pinoy pride to compete in the Olympic Games on July 24 to August 9, 2020 is pole vaulter EJ Obiena.
Recently, 19-year-old Carlos “Caloy” Yulo has concluded the Southeast Asian Games with 7 medals.
Discovering the Gymnast Inside of Him
Yulo discovered his interest in the sport when he was just 7 years old. One day, his grandfather took him to a public park, where the young lad saw a gymnast and started to copy his moves.
After observing his grandson’s seemingly innate talent in the sport, he took him to a gymnastics class. He enrolled him under the mentorship of Coach Rodrigo Ortero at the Rizal Memorial Complex.
The rest was history.
At at early age of 16, the president of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines Cynthia Carrion-Norton discovered his talent. She would later recommend him to train in Tokyo under the wing of Japanese coach Munehiro Kugiyama.
Yulo first made history during the 2018 World Championships in Doha Qatar. He was the first male Filipino gymnast who secured a spot in the individuals apparatus finals, clinching an unprecedented fourth place.
The 19-year-old athlete also secured a spot at 18th place during the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. He placed seventh showing a smooth and graceful floor exercise final during the sports event. His victory in this event helped him secure a spot in the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games.
Watch his flawless floor exercise during the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championship in Germany in this YouTube video:
Carlos is the youngest athlete who became one of the 160 athletes from 92 nations to claim the golden Olympic ticket.
His Medals a Symbol of Dedication
Yulo has been training under his strict “drillmaster” and foreign Coach Munehiro Kugiyama. He admitted that it was “super hard” training with him but it all paid off. According to Carrion-Norton, his medals and near perfect performances in the floor in every competition showed his dedication and perseverance to bring home the bacon for his country.
Carrion-Norton also said that his achievement served as a “collective effort,” for him to reach the finals. She generously gave recognition to all the “Good Samaritans” who helped in making the young, dedicated athlete’s dream possible.
“The GAP and I personally helped raise funds for Caloy’s training when it all began. Sometimes from even my personal friends,” Carrion-Norton shared.
He will be training with Coach Mune again in Japan before the Olympic stint this coming July to August.