Carlos Adriel Ulo showed amazing form from his rivals at the 9th Senior Artistic Gymnastics Asian Championships which brought praise to the Filipino gymnasts on the world stage.
And with his two favorite instruments on Friday, Yulo could earn his advantage to qualify for the World Championships on top of the mound, where three Chinese and three Japanese aces are breathing down his neck.
The 4-foot-11 fireball led the men’s all-around competition at the start of the competition, translating his 14,800 attempts into floor practice and an overall performance of 41,833 in 14,100 rings.
Yulo, who won five gold and two silver medals at the recent 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, has solidified his identity as one of the country’s sports heroes, climbing the Pomel horse to a height of 12,933, an event he has not been able to climb on stage in the past.
Next to the two-time world champion and Tokyo Olympian are the horizontal bar and vault, where he is the world champion.
Yulo Vietnam dominated the personal surroundings, floor exercises, rings, vaults and horizontal bars at the SEA Games, and finished second in the parallel bars. Yulo won another silver medal in the men’s team event during the Games.
Yul Dehang (41,800), Yang Jiaxing (41,700) and Shi Kang (41,300) are the Chinese trio behind Yulo.
Three Japanese gymnasts – Koki Maeda (40,933), Shiga Tachibana (40,900) and Suyoshi Hasagawa (40,300) – are also hiding behind the leaders.
In the team event, the Philippines is in fifth place with a total of 111.967 points, thanks to the efforts of Yulo, Justin S. Leon (20th place, 17,500 points) and John Evan Cruz (25th place, 13.367).
China leads with 126,000 points, followed by Japan (123.533), Kazakhstan (118.233) and Iran (116.267).
If the trend of maintaining his leadership continues, not only will Yuloi reward himself with the Asian Championship crown, the 22-year-old Japan-based man who grew up on the road to Manila Leveriza will be the No. 1 qualifier in the world.
Ulo will compete in the upcoming 2022 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool, United Kingdom from October 26 to November 6.
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