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Yulo is Games’ most bemedaled athlete



Leaps and bounds Carlos Yulo gets back in form after the disappointment in the last Olympics with a resounding win in the men’s individual vault event at Quan Ngua Sports Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam.

HANOI, Vietnam — Carlos Yulo conducted a clinic in the vault and high bar on Monday to cap his campaign with five gold medals in the men’s artistic gymnastics of the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The Filipino world champion had entered the final day of competitions already adorned with three gold medals won in the previous days from the all-around, floor exercise and rings.

Yulo also has two silver medals from the team and parallel bars. The only event he didn’t medal was in the pommel horse where he placed sixth.

The Japan-based Yulo is expected to make a killing financially as per Philippine laws on cash incentives for winning athletes.

A SEA Games gold is with P300,000 while a silver is pegged at P150,000 and a bronze, P60,000.

Counting Yulo’s four individual top finishes, he stands to get P1.2 million and P300,000 for the two silvers and a percentage of the P300,000 meant for the team gold.

The crowd was left stunned when the scoreboard showed that Yulo and Vietnamese Dinh Phuong Thanh each got identical scores of 13.867.

Gymnastics chief Cynthia Carrion said the two will share first place and will get a gold each but she was visibly upset that Yulo didn’t get the superior score.

“Caloy’s landing was a lot better and his level of difficulty should have been graded higher,” Carrion said, admitting that the two executed well.

In the end, gymnastics finished with a medal tally of 7-5-1 with Filipino-American prized find Aleah Finnegan accounting for the two other gold medals. The lone bronze was taken by Juancho Miguel Besana in the vault apparatus.

The five gold showing by Yulo was the most by any athlete in the Games.

He duplicated swimmer Eric Buhain’s exploits in the Manila SEA Games in 1991.

Clinton Bautista also won the 110-meter hurdles in a national record while bowling likewise made a contribution as well during mid-day and taekwondo (poomsae) as well.

Nathalie Uy failed to defend her pole vault gold when she complained of numbness on her legs. “It wasn’t just my day,” said the Filipino-American SEA Games record holder. “I couldn’t find rhythm on the runway.”

Yulo’s splendid showing and danceports’ four in the Single Standard Dance Tango, Standard Slow Fox Trot, Single Dance Standard Viennese Waltz, Single Dance and All Five Dances Standard sent the Philippines’ medal tally rocketing to 29-32-42 — still at third place — behind leader and host Vietnam with 80-50-53 and Thailand 34-33-50.

The Philippine Sports Commission is leading the way in attending to the needs of the delegates sent to compete here with commissioner Mon Fernandez serving as chief of mission of the 900-plus strong contingent.

In basketball, Gilas Pilipinas weathered a storm in repulsing Thailand, 76-73, to start its title-retention bid in motion.

Bowling, once a regular source of gold medals, grabbed the spotlight for the first time in 11 years as Merwin Tan came from behind to capture the men’s singles at the Royal City Ha Noi Bowling Lanes.

The lefty Tan, 22, wound up with a total score of 1292, to relegate Thai Yannaphon Larpaphrat (1286) for the silver and Indonesia Ryan Leoard Lalisang (1221) for the bronze.
It was the country’s first SEA Games gold in the sport since 2011.

The fancied boxing team, bannered by a couple of Tokyo Olympics medalists, plunged into action late Monday with featherweight Ian Clark Bautista colliding with Mohammad Hanurdeen Bin of Malaysia and James Palliate clashing with Vu Thanh Dat of Vietnam in the lightweight class at Bac Ninh Stadium.

Only Rogen Ladon springs into action on Tuesday as the former world championships bronze medalist faces Malaysia’s Muhammad Abdul Qaiyum in the fly category.

Middleweight Eumir Marcial took a bye and will wait until Thursday before throwing his first punch.

Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio battles Myanmar’s Kay Thwe on Wednesday.

In the 2019 Manila SEA Games, the Philippines got seven gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Others on the team are welter Marjon Pianar and Jose Gabuco, who risks her fly title against Thailand’s Chuthamat Raksat on Thursday and lightweight Riza Pasuit, who meets Vuong Thi Vy of the host nation.

The Philippine Sports Commission is leading the way in attending to the needs of the delegates sent to compete here with commissioner Mon Fernandez serving as chief of mission of the 900-plus strong contingent.