Residence Las Rozas de Madrid, ESP
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English, Spanish
Higher education Psychology - Catholic University of Murcia [UCAM]: Spain
|Doha (QATAR), 2019-01-25|
|Prague (CZECH REPUBLIC), 2016-04-16|
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age four in Las Rozas de Madrid, Spain.
Why this sport? His father was a fencer and gave Yulen a foam sword to play with as a child. He also played basketball, but he decided to focus on fencing at age 15 because he preferred taking part in an individual sport. "I thought that fencing would give me better results."
Club / Team Sala de Armas Valencia: Spain
Name of coach Manuel Pereira [national, father], ESP; Angel Fernandez [national], ESP
Nicknames Black Samurai (Instagram profile, 02 Jul 2018)
Hero / Idol Spanish fencer Jose Luis Abajo, his father Manuel Pereira. (as.com, 15 Feb 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He has a haircut before each competition. (as.com, 15 Feb 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If you work hard and never give up, in the end the results will come." (elmundo.es, 25 Jan 2015)
Famous relatives His father Manuel represented Spain in fencing. He won gold in individual epee at the 1989 World Championships in Denver, CO, United States of America. He has also coached the Spanish fencing team. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Jul 2015; 20minutos.es, 11 Apr 2013)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (mediomultimedia.es, 23 Mar 2019)
Other information HERITAGE
He has a Spanish father and a Cuban mother. (as.com, 10 Apr 2015)
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