Carlos Yulo is back in full swing as the young gymnast topped the floor and parallel bars, and placed third in the vault apparatus events at the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships qualifying rounds held in Kitakyushu, Japan on Oct. 20.
Yulo is currently the defending champion of the floor exercise event of the competition.
For his first event of the night, Caloy landed in third for the vault qualifying rounds with a clean winning average of 14.808.
For his second game, he executed an impressive performance in the parallel bar with a final average of 15.566, which placed him as #1 among the other countries in his subdivision.
Finally, proving that he’s the defending champion for a reason, Caloy wowed the crowd with an impressive top-form floor performance that landed him in the first place. He bagged a winning average of 15.166 and secured a spot in the finals.
Yulo is part of Subdivision 7 of the championships and is among fellow gymnasts from Uzbekistan, Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, and Croatia.
The top eight in the six apparatus will advance to the finals with the floor, pommel horse, and rings set on Oct. 23 and the vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar on Oct. 24.
Apart from the three events, Yulo also hopes to make the 24-man cutoff for the all-around finals happening on Oct. 22.
This is Caloy’s second gymnastic tilt and first major world competition after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Olympic disappointment fuels @c_edrielzxs ??, who flew through his qualification at #Kitakyushu2021, posting the best marks on Floor Exercise and Parallel Bars, and the third best on Vault. "I wanted to step up my game," Yulo said. "I didn't want to make the same mistakes." pic.twitter.com/FtlfUyUsHY— FIG (@gymnastics) October 20, 2021
Despite the recent accolades, the 21-year-old remains humble on where he stands in the world of gymnastics.
“I don’t think I’ve accomplished that much,” he said in an interview with the International Gymnastics Federation. "I’m not really focusing on what I’ve achieved, I’m focusing on what I can do more, what I can be in the future.”
Nevertheless, not making a podium finish in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics made the young athlete realize that he still has a lot of goals for the future.
“I feel all of this competition will be revenge, all of it. This is like the Olympics,” he added.
“Every competition, big or small, I’m going to treat like it’s the Olympics because my target for the 2024 is All-Around… I believe in myself that I can do that someday.”