World champion gymnast Carlos Adriel Yulo of the Philippines ended his 55th All Japan Senior Championships stint on a high note, bagging the men’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise gold medal on top of clinching the men’s vault bronze and a team competition silver over the weekend.
He also learned valuable lessons he is thankful for after his scary fall from the high bar.
His golden feat boosts his training camp preparations ahead of the World Championships in Liverpool, England set from October 29 to November 6.
Carlos Yulo coach Kugimiya Munehiro
Carlos Yulo’s Japanese head coach Munehiro Kugimiya, in a Facebook post, said that Yulo garnered 15.30 points to rule the men’s floor exercise and scored 15.00 points to place third in vault, where he annexed the gold in the 2021 worlds.
Kugimiya said the 22-year-old gymnast ace injured his finger so he had to skip other events and just completed the team and apparatus finals.
Southeast Asian (SEA) Games multiple gold medalist Yulo also won the men’s floor exercise gold in the All-Japan Senior Championship 2019 edition.
Carols Yulo celebrates on IG
On his Instagram (IG) post with a photo of his team, Yulo wrote: “Despite all the challenges we experienced before and during the competition, we still managed to win second place in the team competition. I’m so proud of these guys, they’re the best!”
“Another great experience and definitely learned a lot in this tournament and I’m really grateful for that. I’m going to use that as fuel for my progression and for my next competitions,” he said, thanking and appreciating all his supporters.
In a separate IG post that included a video of his heavy fall, he started with “You win some you lose some.”
The video showed Yulo doing a series of 360-degree revolutions before releasing the bar and somersaulting into the air only to lose his grip on the horizontal rod while he was on his way down.
“This kind of thing makes me want to improve and grow even more. It’s funny because Gymnastics is not always fun and it’s not always about winning in the competition, he added. “It’s all about standing up after that fall. To give your all till the dismount, to not give up on what you love, to search for ways to improve, and to not lose to yourself in everyday training. I mean this is definitely not easy but this is my lifestyle.”
He is defending his world’s vault gold in Liverpool, England, and will try to improve his parallel bars silver finish last year.
Yulo, according to Kugimiya, will set up a training camp for the worlds in Paris that will host the 2024 Olympics.