Caloy Yulo looks to keep vault gold, reclaim floor gold in gymnastics worlds amid injury

Caloy Yulo is unfazed by the injury scare he had during training camp ahead of the gymnastics worlds. Jade Moya (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Filipino star gymnast Caloy Yulo confirmed on Monday night that he suffered an injury during his training in Japan ahead of the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships starting this weekend at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

Luckily for him, his finger injury only did a little in hampering his training in vault and floor exercise, the two events he is expected to excel in.

"Sa mga ibang apparatuses nakabalik naman ako agad—sa floor and vault ang pinakanagawa ko," Yulo, the 2019 floor champ and 2021 vault champ, said in an online press conference.

Yulo is concluding his training camp in Paris, and according to his coach Mune Kugumiya, they will fly to Liverpool on Tuesday.

However, Yulo admitted that he had a hard time performing his stunts in the horizontal bar and especially the parallel bars, where he won a silver also last year, since he needs to hold to the bars for a long time.

"Mahirap gawin yung ibang apparatuses tulad ng high bar at saka ng p-bars. Doon ako nahirapang ma-complete bago ako pumunta dito," Yulo further said.

Despite the setback, Yulo remains confident that he will do well in the event.

"Wala akong kaba. Di naman ako natakot. Siguro, sa practice lang talaga nagkakatalo," he further said.

Yulo's quest begins next Monday with the qualifying round.

If he gets lucky, the finals will happen on Nov. 5-6.

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