Filipino athletes have made it big on the world stage, but we haven’t heard of local athletes winning in international gymnastics competitions. That’s about to change now as one Filipino and one Fil-Aussie are making waves in the field.
Fil-Aussie Christopher Remkes recently won the gold in vaulting at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. His total score was 14.799, just a few points shy from Courtney Tulloch of the United Kingdom, who scored 14.666 and the silver medal, and Dominick Cunningham of the UK, who scored 14.333 and the bronze medal.
According to The Advertiser, the leading newspaper in South Australia, Remkes was adopted by an Australian couple at an unnamed orphanage almost decades ago when Remkes was two years old.
Filipino vaulter Carlos Edriel Yulo did not join the Commonwealth Games but he is also considered as one of the top three in the world with Remkes, and the top seven in the floor exercises.
Both Yulo and Remkes actually competed against each other at the Individual Apparatus World Cup series, a regular ranking tournament by the Federation International de Gymnastique (FIG).
In the FIG World Cup in Melbourne last February, Remkes won the gold in the vault while Yulo tied with Keisuke Asato of Japan for silver.
But in the floor exercises, Yulo placed seventh while Remkes placed eighth.
Yulo is set to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines hopes that he will win a medal.