Gymnastics

World champion Yulo not yet satisfied: ‘I want to reach my full potential as a gymnast’

Delfin Dioquino
World champion Yulo not yet satisfied: ‘I want to reach my full potential as a gymnast’

WORLD CHAMPION AGAIN. Carlos Yulo adds two more world championship medals to his growing collection.

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Carlos Yulo says he wants to be the 'best version' of himself as he eyes greater heights after capturing a gold and a silver in the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships

Carlos Yulo wants more.

Yulo said he wants to be the “best version” of himself as he eyes greater heights after capturing two medals in the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan.

The pint-sized gymnast claimed gold in men’s vault and silver in men’s parallel bars to add to his growing collection that includes a world championship in men’s floor exercise two years ago.

“I won the gold [on vault] and another achievement for me on the parallel bars, but there is always something more,” Yulo told the Olympics website. “I want to reach my full potential as a gymnast.”

Yulo could have pocketed three medals in Kitakyushu and defended his floor exercise title if not for the costly 0.3 penalty he incurred in the finals.

The 21-year-old landed at fifth place in floor exercise with a score of 14.566, with Italy’s Nicola Bartolini ruling the event with 14.800.

But Yulo displayed mental fortitude as he quickly moved on from his bungled title defense and shifted his focus on his other events.

Yulo topped the vault with a score of 14.916 and tallied 15.300 on the parallel bars, settling for a runner-up finish to China’s Hu Xuwei, who reigned supreme with 15.466.

“All the hard work paid off, but still it’s not satisfying for me yet,” Yulo said.

The worlds marked a successful redemption campaign for Yulo, who sought to bounce back from his disappointing stint in the Tokyo Olympics, where he did not win a single medal.

“I will never forget that feeling and that experience. I will use that every competition. I will remember it every time,” Yulo said. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.