Mark Angelo Mañez

The genes that brought Carlos Yulo to great leaps and bounds also run in his family.

Photo Courtesy of Angelica Yulo/Facebook

Karl Jahrel Eldrew Yulo barely showed fatigue as he led the National Capital Region(NCR) to near-total dominance at the conclusion of the Palarong Pambansa Gymnastics competitions at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Friday afternoon.

His six gold medals in this year's edition also hiked his overall Palaro total to 20, which started in Elementary level during the 2017 edition in Antique.

"There was a lot of pressure for me to perform. Everybody expected me to win, so I tried my best to deliver,’’ said Yulo in Filipino.

Yulo led right out of the gates as he carried the NCR Men's team to its overall title in both individual and team all-around events. 

He also single-handedly mowed past other gymnasts as he displayed near flawless performance in all apparatus events contested.

The younger Yulo stood out in all his six Finals appearances, posting massive scores which sent oohs and ahhs among the crowd and fellow competitors.

His 45.950 grand total made clear his status as PH's next world-caliber Gymnastics. He posted an impressive 9.000 in the Horizontal bar, 13.950 in his pet apparatus Floor Exercise, 13.500 in the Vault and finishing off with a 9.500 in the Pommel horse.

Fellow NCR gymnasts Hillarion Palles (horizontal bar and pommel horse) and King Chat Pernia (floor exercise and fault) turned bridesmaids by snagging silver in their respective apparati. 

In addition, Yulo's medal contribution gave the Big City athletes a massive boost in their 16th title conquest. They have mustered 26 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze medals (51 total) in the sport alone, Elementary and Secondary results combined.

Edited by Diana Mae Salonoy