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Yulo motivated in 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships

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CARLOS “CALOY” YULO goes for redemption as he defends his men’s floor exercise gold medal at the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships that started on Monday in a bubble setup at the Kitakyushu General Gymnasium in Japan.

A world champion in 2019 in Stuttgart, Yulo couldn’t get to gold medal form at the Tokyo Olympics in July and August as the glare of the “Greatest Games on Earth” was too much for the 21-year-old from Leveriza in Pasay City.

Taking the words of Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president Cynthia Carrion-Norton, who is with Yulo in the northern Japanese city, the Filipino youngster could be well on his way to another successful campaign.

“He [Yulo] is really motivated to win…to defend his title. He really looks good so let’s pray that he will do in the competition proper what he did in the podium training,” Carrion-Norton told a phone interview, adding Yulo impressed in Monday’s podium training.

“When Caloy performed, everyone watched in complete silence and then a roaring applause,” Norton said. “He was the only one that was being applauded and his fellow athletes were taking photos with Caloy.”

There are 600 gymnasts, including 269 men, from 60 countries in Kitakyushu.

Yulo, according to Carrion-Norton, will start competing in the men’s qualification on Wednesday and will focus on the floor, vault and parallel bars.

Medals will be contested in floor exercise, pommel horse and rings on Saturday, and in vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars on Sunday.

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