Carlos Yulo will again test himself against the best of the best in the men’s all-around finals of the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany on Friday.
The Filipino 19-year-old enters Hans Martin Schleyer Halle in high spirits after qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by finishing 18th overall in the all-around qualifiers on Monday.
Tokyo-based Yulo placed 23rd out of the 24 finalists in his debut at the worlds last year.
Russian Arthur Dalaloyan is back to defend his crown, taking the No. 2 spot in the qualifiers behind compatriot Nikita Nagornyy.
Dalaloyan and Nagornyy anchored Russia to the men’s team title on Wednesday, narrowly dethroning China, as Japan took the bronze.
The 24 men’s all-around finalists will take to the floor at 10 p.m. (Manila time) with Yulo starting his campaign on the rings, followed by the vault, the parallel bars, the horizontal bar, the floor exercise, respectively, before winding up with the pommel horse.
Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya said Monday that he would tweak some of Yulo’s routines to improve on his performance.
“Caloy (Yulo) has improved so much since the 2018 competition so we are aiming for a better finish here than in Doha,” said Kugimiya, head coach of the national men’s gymnastics squad.
Yulo, whose stint is funded by the Philippine Sports Commission, will have one last event on Saturday when he sees action in the first day of the apparatus finals.
He won the bronze in Doha and is expected to go all out for gold in this competition that drew gymnasts from 92 countries.
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