Yulo going solo in Cairo

Carlos Yulo will be the lone Filipino entry in next month’s FIG World Cup leg in Cairo, Egypt. | BEN STANSALL/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Carlos Yulo will be competing alone in the fourth and final leg of the FIG World Cup set from 27 to 30 April in Cairo, Egypt.

Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president Cynthia Carrion said the two-time world champion will be flying solo again like he did in Baku, Azerbaijan, last 9 to 12 March since members of the national men’s artistic gymnastics team will be busy training for the 32nd Southeast Asian Games this May.

Yulo is currently in the country and will fly back to Japan on 27 March to prepare for the fourth leg of the World Cup.

“Because they will be training for the SEA Games, Carlos is going alone in Cairo,” Carrion said.

In the first two legs back in Cottbus, Germany, and Doha, Qatar,Yulo was joined by SEA Games silver medalist Juancho Miguel Besana.

Besana actually made it to the final of the men’s vault in the German leg but fell short in the gold medal round.

Still, the 19-year-old gymnast was thankful for the experience.

“I learned a lot from there. I was able to get into the finals and face some of the toughest athletes,” Besana said.

For Yulo, he will be competing again in the floor exercise, vault, parallel bars and the rings in Cairo.

“I don’t have to participate in all of the events in the World Cup. I’ll be focusing on the floor, vault, rings and p-bar. In the SEA Games and Asian Championships and in the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, I will play in the all-around,” Yulo said.

“There, I will need to play in all of the apparatuses.”

Currently, Yulo has won three golds, one silvers and two bronze medals in the first three legs of the World Cup.

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