Photos of World Champion gymnast Carlos “Caloy” Yulo and his mom, Angelica Yulo, made the rounds on social media after the young gymnast secured a gold medal in the Men’s Individual All-Around Category of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, yesterday, December 1, 2019, at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
In a Facebook post shared by News5 Features, Angelica pulls Caloy in a tight embrace while her son proudly shows off his gold medal. The succeeding photos show the two smiling and posing in front of the camera.
It was a proud moment not only for Yulo’s mom, but for the whole Philippines, as Yulo delivered an impressive performance and finished with a total score of 84.900 points in six routines: floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar.
Pinoy fans lined up as early as 10 a.m. to catch the men’s artistic gymnastics and cheered the 19-year-old on before and after every event, according to Spin.ph. After his perfect landing at the horizontal bar, the final event of the day, the crowd went wild and started chanting, “Yulo! Yulo!”
In an interview with reporters, Yulo thanked his fellow Pinoys for their support, but also admitted that the crowd made him nervous. “This is different because this crowd is paying [attention] to me, unlike in Germany, nobody knows me,” reports Inquirer.net.
Earlier in October, Yulo made history by becoming the first Filipino gymnast to win a gold medal in the 2019 World Artistic Championships held in Stuttgart, Germany. It was through this win that Yulo also qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Yulo, who started his gymnastics career playing at the Paraiso ng Batang Maynila, a public park near Manila Zoo, has been training in Japan since he was 16 years old, under the tutelage of coach Munehiro Kugimiya.
Because of his hard work, he not only became a world champion, but he was also able to help his family build a house, thanks to his achievements and incentives from many other competitions.
It is Yulo’s first time to compete in the SEA Games. Thanks to his sensational debut, Yulo will also get the chance to up his gold medal haul in the finals of all six apparatus, on Tuesday, December 3.
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