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Gymnastics chief upbeat on Yulo chances

Carlos Yulo admitted yesterday that he is far from perfect but is nonetheless eager “to show my gymnastics to the world” in the ongoing 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Liverpool, England.

After making the finals in the all-around, floor, vault and parallel bars, the Filipino pride pointed areas that need improvement as the slightest of mistakes merits a deduction.

Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president Cynthia Carrion remains upbeat that the 22-year-old from Leveriza, Manila, has what it takes to strike gold given his superb showing.

“If he performs the way he performed in the qualifications, for sure, he will get the gold,” Carrion said.

But owing to the unpredictability of the sport, Carrion is keeping her fingers crossed that everything falls into place.

“We don’t know what will happen in gymnastics. He could slip like what happened in the (Tokyo) Olympics but I feel confident he can do it,” she said.

The fact that Yulo figured prominently in the all-around is a testament to his impressive showing so far, stressed Carrion.

“This is the first time we did all-around because back then, he couldn’t comply. Now, he tried it and now he is in third place,” Carrion added.

In the 2019 worlds in Stuttgart, Germany, Yulo took gold medal on the floor and another gold in the vault in Kitakyushu, Japan, in 2021.

In his first worlds foray in 2018 in Qatar, Yulo bagged the bronze.

Yulo also won top honors in the 2022 Asian championships in Qatar and seven in the Southeast Asian Games.

The Japan-based Yulo will attempt to add more to his cache this weekend.

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