Yulo shines with 5 golds at SEA Games

Making history Carlos Yulo shows off his golden form at the regional games in Vietnam.

GYMNAST Carlos Edriel Yulo capped his stint at the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam with a glittering five-gold-medal romp.

The 22-year-old collected two more golds on Monday to add to the three he won earlier. He also picked up a silver to add to his medal haul.

On the final day of the artistic gymnastics competition, he topped the men's artistic vault and horizontal bar events, after earlier ruling the individual all-around, floor exercise and still rings events.

Yulo, who dominated the men's artistic vault in the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Japan last year, scored 14.700 points to beat Thailand's Tikumporn Surintornta (14.250) in the event. Another Filipino, Juancho Miguel Besana Eserio, took the bronze medal with 14.017 points.

In the horizontal bar, he chalked up 13.867 points to share the gold with Vietnam's Dinh Phuong Thanh, who finished with the same score. The bronze went to Le Thanh Tung, with 13.433 points.

Yulo matched the five-gold feat of Filipino gymnast Rolando Albuera during the 1979 Games in Jakarta.

He settled for the silver in the parallel bars where he scored 14.900 points. Vietnam's Phuong Thanh Dinh (15.133) won the event and Thanh Tung Le (14.500) finished third.

The artistic gymnastics team collected a total of seven golds, four silvers and one bronze in the Hanoi Games.

As of 8 p.m. on Monday, the Philippines was in third place on the medal board with 29 golds, 34 silvers and 43 bronzes.

Host Vietnam continues to dominate with 82 golds, 50 silvers and 55 bronzes followed by Thailand with 34 golds, 35 silvers and 50 bronzes.

Indonesia ranked fourth with 23 golds, 35 silvers and 27 bronzes.

The two other two gymnastics golds were contributed by Fil-Am Aleah Finnegan, who won the women's team and vault events. Finnegan also took the silver medal in the balance beam after losing to Malaysia's Rachel Yeoh Li Wen (12.567-12.467).

Sharing the limelight with Yulo on Monday was bowler Merwin Matheiu Tan, who came from behind to win the men's singles event at the Royal City Hanoi bowling lanes.

The 22-year-old Tan scored 1292 pinfalls to capture the gold, the first for the bowling team since Frederick Ong won in the 2011 Jakarta Games.

Thailand's Yannaphon Larpapharat was second with 1286 pinfalls while Indonesian Ryan Leonard Lalisang was third with 1221 pinfalls.

“I am so happy and so blessed. Shocking din po, na nanalo po ng gold ang Pilipinas (I was also shocked I won the gold for the Philippines). For the whole game, try lang po ako mag-maintain ng aking (I was just trying to maintain my) focus and execution. Execution, making good shots and maximizing every frame,” said Tan after clinching his first gold medal in three SEA Games appearances.

He bagged the silver medal in the team event with Ong, Patrick Neil Nuqui and Kenneth Chua in the 2019 SEA Games.

Last year, Tan won the team bronze medal with Chua, Nuqui and Christian Dychangco in the International Bowling Federation (IBF) World Championships in Dubai, United Arad Emirates. He also won the singles gold medal in the 2019 Asian Youth Championships in Malaysia.

“I am so overwhelmed, after 11 years… I cannot thank the Lord enough. Talagang coming from behind si Merwin. We prayed he could recover, and he did,” said Philippine Bowling Federation Secretary General Olivia “Bong” Coo.

Dancesport also delivered four gold medals on Monday courtesy of Sean Mischa Aranar Fajardo and Ana Leonila Nualla (Standard Viennese Waltz, Standard All Five Dances and Standard Tango), and Mark Jayson Gayon Corales and Mary Joy Guiao (Standard Slow Foxtrot).

Noel Norada seeks to retain his title when wrestling begins today at the Gia Lam District Sporting Hall.

The 38-year-old Norada won the men's 63 kg class of the Greco-Roman event in the 2019 Games.

Jason Baucas, the men's 72 kg class champion in the previous SEA Games, is entered in the 77 kg class.

The other members of the team are Jason Balabal, Margarito Angana Jr., Jefferson Manatad, Alvin Lobreguito, Jhonny Morte, Joseph Angana, Elvis Julius Balabal, Noemi Tener, Minalyn Foy-os, Grace Loberanes and Jiah Pingot.

The Filipino wrestlers bagged two golds, 10 silvers and one bronze medal in 2019.

The women's team also secured its second win in beach volleyball, beating Malaysia on Monday at the Tuan Chau Beach, Quang Ninh.

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons made short work of Farwizah Aina Ahmad Nizar and Maegan Beh Jia Yin, 21-11, 21-9, while Jovelyn Gonzaga and Dij Rodriguez easily beat Foo Sin Xi and Sin Sing Yee, 21-14, 21-9.

Up next for the Philippines is 2019 silver medalist Indonesia, composed of Dhita Juliana and Putu Utami, and Martha Rahawarin and Nur Atika Sari, at 3:45 p.m. (Manila time) on Tuesday.

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