Carlos Yulo fulfilled his promise to bounce back from his Tokyo Olympics stint.
Yulo, who only qualified for the vault final and narrowly missed a podium finish in the Tokyo Games, secured berths in three apparatus finals, including the floor exercises where he will defend his historic world championship gold.
This time, the 21-year-old gymnast knew he was exceptional in the qualifying event of the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships held in Kitakyushu, Japan on Wednesday, October 20.
“You killed it today!” a reporter told Yulo in an interview.
“I did?” replied the 4-foot-11 dynamo in jest.
“You don’t think you did great today?” asked the reporter.
“I’m just kidding. I did great today,” said Yulo with confidence.
After opening his world championships campaign ranked third in the vault at 14.808, Yulo topped the floor exercise with a score of 15.166 and the parallel bars at 15.566.
According to the Filipino world champion, it was his performance in the parallel bars that surprised him the most.
“For the P-bar, I was really shocked,” said Yulo. I thought I couldn’t go to the finals, because I’m not really satisfied. [From] my point of view, it’s a little bit stiff, but I don’t know, I didn’t see my routine yet.”
Yulo explained that his physical condition was also different back in the Olympics, where he sustained an injury on his hip. He also said he recovered from ankle and elbow injuries the past months.
Overall, Yulo was proud that everything went according to plan in the qualification and will set his sights into his finals-filled weekend.
“I did everything, like I practiced a lot before Olympics and I did what I really wanted,” said the country’s top gymnast.
Yulo’s floor exercise title defense will kick off on Saturday, October 23, at 3:10 pm, Manila time.
The vault final will open Sunday’s final events, October 24 at 3:25 pm, followed by the parallel bars final at 5 pm. – Rappler.com