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Carlos Yulo becomes first Filipino to qualify in World Gymnastics Championships

Coming off a heartbreaking Asian Games stint, Carlos Yulo showed that he is still one of the world’s best.

Even if he was one of the youngest competitors in the field, the 18-year-old Filipino has qualified to the Finals of the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Aspire Academy Dome in Doha, Qatar.

Yulo placed 12th in the all-around event to qualify for the 26-man all-around event.

The 18-year-old wunderkind placed fourth in the floor exercise with a 14.766. Though he came out 17th (12.166) in the pommel horse event and 16th (13.700) in the still rings event, the resident of Makati bounced back by finishing in eighth place in the vault event (14.666).

Yulo tallied a 14.366 in the parallel bars event, but placed dead last in the horizontal bars with an 11.566.

Still, his total of 81.230 was enough for him to qualify to the finals. Though initially ranked at 14th, Yulo will enter the finals at 12th since Lin Chaopan of China and David Belyavskiy of Russia were already the third members of their country in the top 10, making them ineligible for the last day of competitions.

Besides this, Yulo also made it to the finals of the floor exercise – finishing the qualifiers in fourth with a 14.766. For the vault competition, he is the first reserve after finishing in ninth place with a 14.499.

The Finals takes place on Wednesday, October 31.

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