WATCH: A bubbly 12-year-old Carlos Yulo shares his medal hopes


MANILA, Philippines – Wondering how Filipino world champion Carlos Yulo started? 

Back when he was 12 years old, the gymnastics prodigy was still training at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex with the National Capital Region (NCR) team. 

When Rappler covered him in 2012, he was the Palarong Pambansa individual all-around defending champion. (READ: NCR gymnastics bets, prepping for Palaro)

Yulo, who started training at the age of 7, was then focused on clinching another Palarong Pambansa gold. A student of Doña Aurora Quezon Elementary School, the bubbly kid only dreamt of winning the Southeast Asian gold.

Seven years later, Yulo not only dominated the local scene but also conquered the world stage as Yulo qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, reached the top 10 of the men's individuall all-around final and became the first Filipino world champion by ruling the men's floor exercise. (READ: FAST FACTS: Who is gymnast Carlos Yulo?)

Watch this throwback video of the Philippines' latest sporting sensation! –