HANOI – Gymnastics is a goldmine for Team Philippines as Carlos Edriel Yulo catches two and American-American Fil Aleah Finnegan catches one this coming Sunday at the 31st Southeast Asian Games.
Yulo, the two-time world champion, opened the day of competition at Quan Ngua Sports Palace with electrical performance in floor exercise, he deservedly won Worlds 2019.
He continued his performance late the following session with an impressive win in the rounds. The 22-year-old Yulo scored 14,400 to beat the two Vietnamese to keep the top spot.
“I am very happy, I did not expect to win. But I am proud of my performance,” Yulo said in Filipino. He will see action in the high bar, parallel bar and vault.
He was unbeatable with 15,200 points for his second gold medal in the meeting including his all-win record. Singapore’s Terry Tay Wei An won silver (14,033) and Trinh Hai Khang took bronze (14,000).
After that, Finnegan drew his attention in women’s cellar, aggregates 13,133 points from the event where she helped the US national team win the Pan American Games back in 2019.
The 19-year-old from Missouri overcame betting campaigns in her hometown of Nguyen Thi Quynh Nhu, who settled the silver issue with 13,033.
Yulo who won Men’s first gold award on Friday, was only able to finish sixth in the swashbuckler while Finnegan placed fifth in an uneven third in other events of their day.
The victory brought Filipino gymnasts five gold and two silver medals with one more day of artistic competition left.
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