Carlos Yulo

Carlos Edriel Yulo (born February 16, 2000) is a Filipino artistic gymnast who has won bronze and gold at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. He is the first Filipino and the first male Southeast Asian gymnast to win in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships with his floor exercise bronze medal finish in 2018, and the first ever gold medal for the Philippines in 2019 on the same apparatus. This performance also qualified him to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Carlos Yulo
Carlos Yulo 2019 (Cropped).jpeg
Yulo in 2019
Personal information
Full nameCarlos Edriel Hollman Yulo
Country represented Philippines
Born (2000-02-16) February 16, 2000 (age 20)
Malate, Manila
Training locationTokyo, Japan
Years on national team2018–present
Head coach(es)Munehiro Kugimiya
Former coach(es)Ricardo Ortero

Early life and educationEdit

Carlos Edriel Yulo was born on February 16, 2000[1] to Mark Andrew Yulo and Angelica Yulo[2] in Manila, Philippines,[3] and raised on Leveriza Street in Malate. [4][5] He is the second of five children; one of his younger siblings, Drew, is also a gymnast, and strives to outdo his older brother and his achievements. Yulo grew up watching Filipino gymnasts train and compete at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate.[6]

Yulo attended Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School for his primary education in Manila, where he was already training for the Philippine National Games as part of the National Capital Region's gymnastics team.[7] Through the support of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines, he was able to attend Adamson University in Ermita for his secondary education.[2]

He also entered Teikyo University in Itabashi, Tokyo in 2013 to pursue a degree in literature.[2] This academic undertaking has made Yulo fluent in the Japanese language.[8] In 2018, Yulo accepted an offer by the Japan Olympic Association to train in Japan under a scholarship program.[9]



Yulo, at seven years old, was part of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines program.[8] He was brought to the association after his grandfather took notice of him performing somersault while in the playground. As a child, Yulo was provided by the Philippine Sports Commission free training at the Rizal Memorial Complex with Ricardo Ortero as his coach. He started competing in 2008. Among the tournaments he competed in included the Palarong Pambansa, the national tournament for students in the Philippines, as part of the National Capital Region's gymnastics team. He did not secure a medal in the first edition[10] he took part in but reached the top podium the following year. In the 2011 Palarong Pambansa, Yulo garnered four gold medals, while he claimed another gold medal finish for the 2011 Philippine National Games.[11]

With consent from his parents, he left for Tokyo in 2016 for further training under Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya.[8] He entered the limelight in 2017 when he competed at the 14th Junior Asian Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, and despite suffering from a sprained ankle in training, clinched gold in the parallel bars after qualifying in fourth place.[3]


Yulo began competing as a senior in 2018, at 18 years old.[12][13] In his Gymnastics World Cup debut in the 2018 series, he consistently performed well, winning a medal in the Melbourne, Baku, Doha, and Cottbus events.[5] At the men's floor exercise event at the 2018 Asian Games, he scored highest in the qualification phase[14] but failed to secure a medal after finishing 7th in the final.[5]

At the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Yulo advanced to the all-around and floor exercise finals.[15][16] He won bronze in the floor exercise [17] becoming the first Filipino and the first male Southeast Asian gymnast to win a medal at the championships.[18] At the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Yulo claimed gold in the floor exercise finals. A historic feat as the first ever Filipino winning gold at a world gymnastics championship.[19][20]

By advancing to the final round of the all-around event of the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Yulo secured qualification to compete for the Philippines at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[21]

At the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Yulo finished on the podium in every event winning gold in the all-around[22] and floor exercise[23] and silver in the pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar.[24][25]

Yulo reportedly trains for six to eight hours a day, six days per week.[3]

Competitive historyEdit

Year Event Team AA FX PH SR VT PB HB
World Cup Series (Melbourne) 7  
World Cup Series (Baku)  
World Cup Series (Doha)   5
World Cup Series (Cottbus)  
Asian Games 7 7 4
World Championships  
World Cup Series (Melbourne)  
World Cup Series (Doha)  
All Japan Senior Championships  
Southeast Asian Games              
World Championships 10  



  1. ^ "Carlos Edriel 'Caloy' Yulo bagong idolo matinik sa gymnastics" [New idol Carlos Edriel 'Caloy' Yulo, a gymnastics prodigy]. Abante Tonite (in Filipino). 9 November 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Bancod, Rey (13 October 2019). "Carlos Yulo: Humble beginnings give birth to world champion gymnast". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "YULO Carlos Edriel : FIG Athlete Profile". International Gymnastics Federation. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  4. ^ Valenzuela, N.G. (20 October 2019). "Plain hard work got Yulo to where he is". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Go, Beatrice (13 October 2019). "Who is gymnast Carlos Yulo?". Rappler. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
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  7. ^ "A bubbly 12-year-old Carlos Yulo shares his medal hopes". Rappler. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Caloy Yulo's sacrifice all worth it after Olympic berth". Tiebreaker Times. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Filipino gymnast to get Japanese training, scholarship". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  10. ^ "WATCH: A bubbly 12-year-old Carlos Yulo shares his medal hopes". Rappler. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  11. ^ Rodriguez, Anna Isabel (24 April 2012). "NCR gymnastics bets, prepping for Palaro". Rappler. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  12. ^ Admin (2018-11-04). "PH's Carlos Yulo is first gymnast in Southeast Asia to win medal in World Championships". Olympic PH. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  13. ^ Share; Twitter. "PH gymnast Yulo eyes gold in floor exercise". Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  14. ^ "Asian Games: PH gymnast Carlos Yulo reaches men's floor exercise, vault finals". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Filipino gymnast Yulo pockets 3rd world cup medal in a span of 1 month". Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  16. ^ "Gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo takes silver in World Cup". Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  17. ^ "FIG Live Scoring - Men's Floor Final".
  18. ^ "Gymnast Carlos Yulo makeshistory for PH, Southeast Asia".
  19. ^ "History! Yulo becomes first Pinoy gymnast to win gold at World Championships". ABS-CBN Sports. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  20. ^ Atencio, Peter (14 October 2019). "Pinoy gymnast wins first ever PH gold in Germany's world tilt". Manila Standard. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Gymnast Carlos Yulo second Filipino to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics". 2019-10-08. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  22. ^ "Caloy Yulo lives up to expectations, wins gymnastics' first gold in SEA Games". 2019-12-02. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  23. ^ Giongco, Mark. "SEA Games: Carlos Yulo rules floor exercise for 2nd gymnastics gold". Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  24. ^ News, Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN. "Magnificent Carlos Yulo concludes SEA Games with 7 medals". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  25. ^ Giongco, Mark. "SEA Games: Carlos Yulo 'not satisfied' after two silver finishes". Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  26. ^ "Gymnast Yulo to be conferred with the PSA President's Award". ABS-CBN Sports. February 1, 2020. Retrieved February 1, 2020.

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