World champion gymnast Carlos Yulo vows to come back stronger following his debut campaign at the Tokyo Olympics Monday night.
In a social media post hours after his men’s vault final stint, the 21-year-old Manileño thanked his supporters for all the well wishes he has received for the past week.
“Gusto ko lang magpasalamat sa Panginoon sa mga biyaya na pinagkaloob sa akin,” Yulo wrote on his Facebook account.
“Nagpapasalamat din ako sa Pamilya ko na patuloy na pagsuporta sakin. Nag papasalamat din ako sa team ko, dahil sa kanila natungtong ko yung pangarap ko na makapaglaro sa Olympics.”
Yulo said the road to his first Olympic appearance was hard and arduous, but it was all worth it.
“Hindi naging madali yung daang tinahak namin, pero sulit lahat ng pagod at iyak. Maraming salamat din po sa mga taong nagdasal at sumuporta sa amin,” said Yulo, who spend years away from his family to train in Japan under Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya.
“Babalik po kaming malakas!”
Yulo almost made it to the podium in the vault after landing fourth behind two-time world champion Shin Jeahwan. This came after his unsuccessful bid of making into the finals of the floor exercise, where he is tipped to win the gold following his gold-medal performance in the 2019 world championships.
But Yulo chose to treasure this opportunity and took it as a life-changing experience for his young and promising career.
“Gusto kong magpalakas. Feeling ko po may igagaling pa ako,” said Yulo in a separate interview.