Carlos Yulo wins 3 gold medals in Asian championships in Qatar


DOHA/MANILA – Filipino gymnastics star Carlos Yulo pulled off last week a historic feat in his campaign in the 9th Artistic Gymnastics Asian Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar by copping three gold medals and one silver medal.

The Olympic gymnast started his campaign last Thursday with a runner-up finish in the men’s all-around event, earning him a ticket to the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships set in October at Liverpool, England, published reports from Doha, Qatar showed.

Yulo finished with 83.767 points in the six apparatuses, while China’s Shi Cong topped the event with 83.833 and his compatriot Yang Jiaxing claiming the bronze medal.

The Manila-born gymnast rebounded in his next event on Friday, CNN Philippines reported, after he bagged the elusive gold medal in the floor exercise, a category where he became the world champion in 2019.

Yulo scored 14.933 points in his gold finish, edging South Korea’s Kim Hansol and Jiaxing, who were tied at second place with 14.333 points. The South Korean won the silver medal, while the Chinese settled for the bronze medal.

The 22-year-old gymnastics sensation ended his campaign in the Asian tilt on Saturday with two gold medals in the vault and parallel bars events.

Yulo, the reigning world champion in vault, tallied 14.850 points to emerge as the Asian champion in his pet event. Japan’s Shiga Tachibana captured the silver medal while Kim nabbed the bronze medal.

Yulo’s last act came in the parallel bars event, where he won a silver medal in the world championships last year, as he topped the field with a score of 15.167 points. Japan’s Tsuyoshi Masegawa and China’s Yin Dehang ended up tied for second place with 14.700 points, but the Japanese clinched the silver medal.

The Filipino gymnast only failed to land a podium finish in the still rings event, after he wounded up in fourth place.

Aside from Yulo, the Philippines sent its promising gymnasts in the Asian championships that included John Ivan Cruz, Juancho Miguel Besana, Justine Ace de Leon, Jan Gwynn Timbang and John Matthew Vergara. The six gymnasts also represented the country in the men’s artistic gymnastics competitions of the 31st Southeast Asian Games in May.