PH gymnast Carlos Yulo bags historic gold in World Championships

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12)— Gymnast Carlos Yulo made history on Saturday as he captured the country’s first ever gold medal in the 49th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.

Yulo tallied a total score of 15.3 in the men’s floor exercise final of the event held in Stuggart, Germany.

Speaking to CNN Philippines Sunday, Yulo's mother, Angelica, said her son called her after winning and told her he didn't expect to win.

"Hindi niya rin po 'yun ineexpect, 'yung gold medal na makuha niya, kasi nga sobrang galing nung mga kalaban," she said.

[Translation: He didn't expect to win a gold because his opponents were really good.]

She added, her son wasn't also one to brag about his skills.

"Kapag may taong nagsabi sa kanya na 'ang galing mo,' sasabihin niya, 'tsamba lang.' Yun ang lagi niyang sinasabi sa mga pumupuri sa kanya," she said.

[Translation: When people tell him how good he is, he would always answer he just got lucky. That's what what others tell me about him.]

Mrs. Yulo said her son's win was an answered prayer that was "overwhelming."

Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat secured the silver with a record of 15.2 points, while China’s Xiao Ruoteng bagged the bronze with 14.933 points.

Yulo landed the country’s first ever podium finish in the World Championships in 2018, when he won the bronze for the same category.

The gymnast on Tuesday became the second Filipino to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics, as he tallied a score of 82.164 points in the all-around event.

READ: Gymnast Yulo becomes second Filipino to qualify for Tokyo Olympics