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TOKYO — Carlos Yulo, one of the country’s biggest gold medalists, will not perform a stunt that a gymnastics official described as a sure-fire win, but he is still on track to end the quest of the Philippines to Olympic glory.
“He looks really good now and did very well in practice today,” Cynthia Carreon, president of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines, said Thursday.
Carreon added that Yulo has made a full recovery from a minor injury he sustained two weeks ago, not on Wednesday as reported, when he tried to perfect a difficult maneuver in his exercise on his pet’s floor.
“He tried to do the triple back and double forward and I’m 101 percent sure it would have been gold if he’d perfected it,” said Carreon.
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But his Japanese coach, Munehiro Kugimiya, said they will no longer include the move in his routine after Yulo injured himself performing the stunt.
“He came up short and was injured,” Carrion said. “His coach said they won’t include it in his routine anymore because if they don’t do it right he could be disqualified.”
But Carrion said Yulo was nailing his routine in Thursday’s practice, showing the reigning world champion a form dripping with gold medal potential.
“It’s ready,” Carrion added.
Yulo starts his gold hunt here on Saturday at the Ariake Gymnastics Center.
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