After coming out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics empty-handed, Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo is trying to redeem himself at this year’s FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. 

The 21-year -old athlete has shown incredible performances in the first phase of the competition, specifically in the vault, parallel bars, and floor exercise, which has qualified him for the finals of all three events at the Kitakyushu City General Gymnasium in Japan. 

“I wanted to step up my game,” said the young gymnast, who is the defending champion in the floor exercise at the championships. 

“I didn’t want to make the same mistakes,” he stressed. 

Yulo was a top competitor to beat during the October 20 event, finishing first place in the qualification round of the floor exercise with 15.166 points.  

He also ranked high in the parallel bars, closing with an average score of 15.566. Meanwhile, he snatched third place in the vault with 14.808.  

In the initial stage, only the top eight contenders in each category are allowed to continue to the finals. 

Yulo will return to action on Saturday (October 23) to defend his title in the floor exercise. After that, he’ll compete in the vault and parallel bars on Sunday (October 24).  

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