National athletes Margielyn Didal and Carlos Yulo continue to make progress even after the wave of cancellations and suspensions due to the pandemic coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The pair of 20-year-old Filipinos made Forbes Asia the famous "30 under 30" list, the magazine said on Wednesday evening.
"[T] His group of relentless people is disrupting industry and addressing major global issues," the magazine said on its website.
Yulo was celebrated for his remarkable performance on the world stage, including the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships, which essentially booked his ticket to the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which was postponed to 2021.
The little gymnast is now back in Japan, his training base, where, according to Cynthia Carrion, President of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines, he continues to polish his game.
Didal, for her part, was honored for her golden run at the 2018 Asian Games, where she was one of only four athletes to win her events at the continental meeting in Jakarta. It is expected to represent both Asia and the Philippines at the Olympics, where the sport will make its debut. Although Didal is not yet officially qualified, it is within the limit for Olympic qualifiers in the world rankings.
Filipino Carlos Yulo competes in the men's vault during the 30th Southeast Asian Games. REQUEST PHOTO / Sherwin Vardeleon
The Cebuano athlete has since returned to her hometown after a series of travel bans and blocking measures around the world when the countries are dealing with the pandemic.
The list, which was compiled from 3,500 nominations examined by industry veterans, contains 30 award winners from various categories, including entertainment and sport, art, production and energy, as well as healthcare and science.
Yulo and Didal join filmmaker Breech Harani and entrepreneurs Francis Plaza and Louise Mabulo as the only Filipinos on the list.
“At the last Asian Games in 2018, Margielyn Didal helped win one of four gold medals for the Philippines by winning the women's street skateboarding event. At the moment, Didal is preparing for qualification for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, where skateboarding has been included in the games for the first time, ”Forbes wrote.
Yulo's entry on the Forbes list was partially: “Carlos Yulo is a Filipino gymnast who was the first male athlete in Southeast Asia to win a gold medal at the 2019 World Gymnastics Championships when he won practice for the men. His debut at the Southeast Asian Games 2019 brought Yulo two gold and five silver medals. "
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