Yulo wins gold in Tokyo

CARLOS YULO won the men’s floor exercise gold medal at the 55th All Japan Seniors Gymnastics Championships (Japan Open) in Tokyo to bolster his preparation for next month’s World Championships in Liverpool, England.

Yulo garnered 15.066 points to bag gold. Japan’s Kazuki Minami and Hayato Uchida settled for the silver and bronze medals with scores of 14.966 and 14.600, respectively.

“He was absolutely phenomenal on the floor,” Gymnastics Association of the Philippines President Cynthia Carrion-Norton told BusinessMirror on Friday.

The competition was at the Tachikawa Tachi Arena in the Japanese capital.

“If Caloy performs the way he did in this Tokyo Open, he will win gold in the Olympics,” Carrion-Norton added.

Yulo, world champion in floor exercise in Stuttgart 2019 and vault in Kitakyushu 2021, also clinched a team silver and bronze in vault in Tokyo.

Carrion-Norton said that Yulo competed with a hurting right finger and opted not to vie in the other apparatus.

Yulo and his Japanese coach Munehiro Kugiyama will fly to Paris next month to intensify his preparation for the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships set from October 29 to November 6 in Liverpool.