Yulo clinches two more gold medals as Asian Championships concludes

Yulo clinches two more gold medals as Asian Championships concludes

The Peninsula

Carlos Yulo of the Philippines concluded his 9th Senior Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships campaign on a brilliant note by winning three gold and one silver medal.

The 22-year-old Filipino yesterday picked up two gold medals (MAG vault and parallel bars) to add to his floor gold which he won on Friday besides All-Around silver, which was his country’s first silver in Asian Championships on Thursday.

“Doha is my favourite venue. I like this city and the venue where I had won my maiden World Championships medal in 2018,” said Yulo, who is based in Japan for training.

Overall, it has been a great show by Yulo, whose achievement here helped him seal his fifth spot in FIG Artistic World Championships in Liverpool scheduled to be held from October 29 to November 6, with the Filipino finishing fourth on the rings. All the podium-finishers together with fourth and fifth-placers will qualify for the world meet as well.

Yulo pipped his nearest competitors Hansol Kim of South Korea and Japan’s Shiga Tachibana for the gold with a combined Execution and Difficulty of 14.884 points in the men’s vault at the Aspire Dome.

The two-time world champion became an overnight hero in the Qatari capital four years ago after he bagged his country’s first-ever medal, a bronze in men’s Floor final, in a World Championships.

“It’s a lucky venue for me. I always love to visit Qatar and I also thank the Gymnastics Association of Philippines for supporting me,” said Yulo, who claimed his second gold of the day in Parallel Bars.

Yulo collected 15.167 points followed by China’s Dehang Yin and Japan’s Tsuyoshi Hsaegawa.

Over 135 male and female gymnasts representing 21 countries were seen in action during the four-day event, which kicked off with a colourful opening ceremony. The Qatar Gymnastics Federation, which hosted the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, received huge praise for their wonderful organisation of the championships.