Philippine gymnastics’ wonder Carlos Yulo hopes to stamp his class and redeem himself at the same time as he goes to work at the start of the 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Liverpool, England on Monday.
Yulo is looking for a back-to-back gold medal finish in the vault, which he topped last year in the World Championship held in Kitakyushu, Japan.
He will also try to finally nail the big one in his pet event, the floor exercise where he finished fifth.
A video of his practice on Saturday (Manila time), showed him doing a perfect landing on the floor after a flawless execution of a difficult technique.
His last year’s silver-medal finish in the parallel bar could also be translated to gold this time with ample preparation and early acclimatization in France, where the weather condition is the same as in England.
Yulo will compete for final slots in all six apparatus and the individual all-around event. There are 24 berths allotted for individual all-around finals and eight spots in each apparatus.
Gold-medal round is set on Nov. 4 for the individual all-around, while the apparatus finals take place on Nov. 5 and 6.
A native of Manila, Yulo qualified to the worlds following a silver-medal finish in the men’s individual all-around at the ninth Senior Artistic Gymnastics Asian Championships last June in Doha, Qatar.
He won the world championships’ gold medals in floor exercise in Stuttgart 2019 and the vault in Kitakyushu 2022.