World-Class, Indeed: Carlos Yulo Lands on Forbes' 30 Under 30 List
As the kids say, all the more reason to stan.
(SPOT.ph) Gymnastics powerhouse Carlos Yulo catapulted—pun intended—into global fame when he won the title of World Artistics Gymnastics champion in 2019 and cemented his status as a household name during a winning streak at the 30th Southeast Asian Games that same year. And even Forbes magazine is here to make sure the world knows to keep an eye on the gymnast.
Yulo landed a spot on the 2020 Forbes' "30 Under 30 Asia", Entertainment and Sports edition, including him in a list highlighting "the next generation of talent." Forbes' Class of 2020 is the magazine's annual feature on 300 gamechangers, all under 30 years old, across Asia, "who are challenging conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation"—and with the way Yulo and his fellow athletes have restarted appreciation for sports in the Philippines, we can't help but agree.
Yulo is "the first male athlete in Southeast Asia to win a gold medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2019," according to Forbes' profile of the gymnast. The 20-year-old is also one of four athletes set to represent the Philippines at the Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed to July 23, 2021. All eyes are on him as he might just be the athlete that brings home the Philippines' first-ever Olympic gold medal.
Cebuana skateboarder Margielyn Didal took another spot on the list of gamechangers. Skateboarding isn't the most popular sport in the country, but the 20-year-old's pretty unbeatable skill—and chill attitude—have helped put the Philippines on the global map. And this isn't the first time a global publication has taken notice of her; Didal was also on the 2018 Time's list of influential teens. The skateboarder also has her sights on the Tokyo Olympics.
Three more Pinoys-under-30 made it the list of 300: Francis Plaza, PayMongo Philippines, Inc. head; Louise Emmanuelle Mabulo, founder of farming initiative, The Cacao Project; and artist Breech Asher Harani.
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