Carlos Yulo delivered a redeeming performance in the qualification phase of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Wednesday (20 October), following his underwhelming showing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 21-year-old's spirited routines in the vault, parallel bars and floor exercise allowed him to qualify for the finals of all three apparatuses at the Kitakyushu City General Gymnasium in Japan.
“I wanted to step up my game,” said the Filipino gymnast, who is the defending champion in the floor exercise at the championships. “I didn’t want to make the same mistakes.”
Yulo looked every inch the top contender in his pet event, earning first place in the qualification round of the floor exercise with 15.166 points.
He was also placed top of the qualifiers of the parallel bars, with an average score of 15.566, while finishing in third spot in vault with 14.808.
Only the top eight performers in each apparatus advanced to the finals.
Yulo will return to action on Saturday for his title defense in the floor exercise. He will then shift his focus to the vault and parallel bars on Sunday.
Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.