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Pinoy, Fil-Aussie make names in world gymnastics

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The Philippines has started to mark its position in gymnastics worldwide, thanks to two persistent artists who keep on winning many viewers’ hearts.

Manila-born Carlo Edriel Yulo and Filipino-Australian Christopher Remkes have made headlines following their respective competitions abroad.

The 21-year-old Remkes has recently bagged a gold medal in the vault at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Remkes’ interesting story was featured in “From Filipino orphan to global pocket rocket,” revealing that he was adopted by a South Australian couple Mike and Dora Remkes.

“Without my parents, I would probably still be in the orphanage,” he said.

Given the love and care he received from his foster parents, Remkes showed off his talent registering a vault gold (14.799 total points).

Meeting Yulo, a 17-year-old lad from the Philippines, was in a previous edition of the Individual Apparatus World Cup series, a regular ranking tournament sanctioned by the Federation International de Gymnastique (FIG).

In running rankings by individual apparatus in men’s artistic gymnastics, Remkes and Yulo are in the world’s top three in the vault and the top seven in the floor exercises.

With his talent, Yulo is one of the recipients of the FIG Scholarship provided by the FIG Foundation.

His ongoing fight in gymnastics competitions makes him bring the name of the Philippines in the world arena. The Gymnastics Association of the Philippines is hoping Yulo can win a medal at the prestigious 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo.

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