Yulo tops floor exercise for 2nd gold


    YOU can’t have it all.

    World gymnastics champion Carlos Edriel “Caloy” Yulo’s bid for seven gold medals in men’s artistic gymnastics of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games came to a screeching halt yesterday in the finals of the floor exercise, pommel horse, and still rings at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

    Yulo, 19, bagged the gold in his pet event, the floor exercise, but settled for the silver in the pommel horse and still rings.

    The 4-foot-11 dynamo wowed the festive Pinoy crowd that came in droves amid the heavy downpour and strong winds brought by typhoon “Tisoy” in a follow-up to his mint in the individual all-around last Sunday.

    Despite failing in his hunt for a seven-gold sweep, Yulo remained unbowed, setting his focus on the mints in the vault, horizontal bars, and parallel bars today at the same venue.

    “I’m not actually aiming for medals. I just hoped for good routines and executions. That’s all,” said Yulo.

    “Not satisfied (with my performance). Hindi naman ako nag-expect ng kahit ano. Gusto ko lang po magpasalamat sa kanila (fans) kasi nanonood pa rin sila,” he added.

    Showing fine form anew, Yulo scored 14.700 in the floor exercise, while Surintornta Tikumpor of Thailand had 13.833 to grab the silver. Mat Asri Zul Bahrin of Malaysia got the bronze with 13.767.

    Tan Fu Jie of Malaysia pulled the rug from under the fancied Yulo in the pommel horse with 13.967 points. Yulo tallied 13.233, with Dinh Phuong Thanh competing the podium finishers with 12.867 for the bronze.

    Vietnamese Nam Dang topped the still rings with 13.867, while Yulo and Arifin Dwi of Indonesia had identical scores of 13.733.

    The silver went to Yulo as he scored higher in execution, and the bronze to Dwi.

    Farah Ann Abdul Hadi of Malaysia also bagged her second gold, this time in the topped the uneven bars with 12.367 points, winning over Do Thi Ngoc Huong of Vietnam (11.767) and Yeoh Rachel Li Wen of Malaysia (11.767)

    Indonesia’s Irfanalutfhi Rifda won the women’s artistic gymnastics vault with a score of 13.484. Tan Ing Yueh of Malaysia placed second with 13.300, while Do Thi Van Anh of Vietnam got third with 13.200.