Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) President Cynthia Carrion is optimistic the Philippines can win medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as she sees it from the potential of being a world-class athlete of 16-year old Carlos Edriel Yulo.
“We can win medals in the Olympics,” said Carrion. “Given the proper training, our athletes can deliver,” she said in an interview on Friday.
According to Carrion, Yulo is currently training with the Japanese national team as part of the Olympic Solidarity Program.
“Yulo is mentally strong. He’s doing so well in Japan,” said Carrion, who is also vice president for South East of the Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU).
Yulo’s stunning performance at the Pacific Rim tournament made the 16-year-old athlete a potential medal winner in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He captured five medals, including golds, in the 8th Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the Xfinity Arena in Everett, Washington last April.
Competing in the juniors category of Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Yulo dominated the floor exercise and vault events. He placed second in the parallel bars and rings events and finished third in the all-around.
The two-time Palarong Pambansa champion ruled the floor exercise event with 14.800 points. Japanese Ryosuke Doi (14.150) and Colombian Jose David Toro (13.525) took the silver and bronze, respectively.
In the vault event, Yulo scored 14.850 points to beat Taiwanese Alan Siao (14.400) and Japanese Kanta Amaro (14.150).
He got the silver medal in the rings event with 13.525 points, behind Amaro (13.950) and scored 13.650 points in the parallel bars to finish second behind Japanese Kosuke Wakasa (13.750).
Yulo tallied 81.200 points to pocket the bronze medal in the All-Around event behind Japanese Ryoto Sato (82.000) and Wakasa (81.550).
Last year, Yulo placed third in the juniors (14-18) vault event at the International Junior Gymnastics Competition held in Yokohama, Japan.
In an effort to improve the performance of its athletes, the GAP got the services of Japanese coach Munehiro Kugiyama in 2013.