MANILA, Philippines – Carlos Hulo’s gymnastic fireball has become a hit with golden cascades on almost every level, but there is another precious mint he must assemble to bolster his heroic stature.
Hulot promised to fill the only gap in the collection, striving to qualify for at least four events at the 2024 Paris Olympics with a gold medal as the ultimate goal.
“We will do our best to qualify for four Olympic races,” Yulo said during a victory party of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City on Tuesday.
With a sculpted physique of 4 feet 11, the current men’s world champion is looking at the same event that could send him to Paris, as well as parallel bars, flora exercise and individual all-around.
“If I want to judge myself in terms of my Olympic training, I’m eight out of 10,” Yulo said after receiving gold medals in parallel bars, jumping and floor exercises and silver in the individual all-around over the weekend at the 9th Asian Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar.
He arrived on Sunday night, spent the day with his family on Monday and returned to the mat just late in the afternoon after meeting with the media on Tuesday.
According to GAP President Cynthia Carion, coach Munehiro Kugimia has entrusted her with the ability to take qualifying places in the jumping and parallel bars together in the floor exercise and individual all-around in Paris.
Yulo said they would try something new in parallel and leap in preparation for the Olympics.
“We will increase the level of difficulty in these routine exercises,” said Yulo, who collected five gold medals and two silver medals from the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Yulo’s path to his Olympic dream will be laid next year after the World Cup in Liverpool, England in October and two more matches in Japan in September and December.
Yulo will burn his time again on Wednesday, honing his skills from sunrise to sunset at the MVP Sports Foundation’s gymnastics center in Intramuros, Manila, before flying back to Japan on Thursday.
The 22-year-old, who humbly began his career in sports while playing in a park in Leverisa, Manila, was also a world champion in floor exercises in 2018, the Asian champions in Doha.
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