Carlos Yulo cemented his status as a Philippine gymnastics legend after claiming victory on the parallel bars at the Olympic Stadium in Cambodia. He scored an impressive 14.850 in his final event, concluding his SEA Games campaign with two gold medals.
Yulo had earlier won gold in the individual all-around and added two silvers from the team all-around and rings. He placed second in the rings to start off his apparatus campaign before taking the parallel bars gold
Despite having only two weeks to prepare, Yulo was able to dominate the competition, especially in his favorite apparatuses, the vault, and parallel bars. He scored 15.000 in the vault and 14.950 in the parallel bars. Yulo also wowed the judges and the crowd with a magnificent routine in the floor exercise, earning 14.350 points.
Yulo brought home five gold medals and two silvers for Team Philippines in the Vietnam edition last year but wasn’t able to duplicate the output in the current games. However, Yulo was still thrilled with two golds and a pair of silvers and felt blessed and happy for his teammates’ medal wins.
A rule change limited his participation to four events in the current Games.
Yulo exhibited immense focus and agility while grabbing the bars, impressing the judges, and taking the gold medal in men’s parallel bars.
The two-time world champion said he felt challenged when his teammates Ivan Cruz and Miguel Besana won gold medals and he was keen to get a gold medal of his own.
Yulo became the first double-gold performer for the Philippines in the SEA Games after beating Vietnam’s Phuong Thanh Dinh, who took the gold in the rings and settled for second in the parallel bars with a score of 14.400 points. Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Ng Chun Chen took home the bronze medal with a score of 13.100.
His next big tournament is the Asian championships in Singapore next month, and he is set to prepare for it with a sense of determination and focus. Yulo’s impressive performance in the SEA Games has once again cemented his position as one of the most outstanding gymnasts in the world.
Yulo’s individual success was accompanied by that of his teammates John Ivan Cruz and Juancho Miguel Besana, who won gold medals in their respective events. Cruz ruled the floor exercise, while Besana topped the vault.
Cruz unleashed a dazzling performance in the men’s floor exercise, earning 13.850 points and bringing him to tears of joy after the event. Meanwhile, Besana proved that Yulo was right to trust him to compete in the vault, as he scored 14.425 points and claimed the gold medal in the event.
As Yulo and his teammates continue to excel on the world stage, they inspire a new generation of Filipino athletes to pursue their own dreams and never give up on their goals. The future of Philippine gymnastics looks bright, and the success of Yulo and his teammates is just the beginning of what promises to be an exciting journey for the sport in the Philippines.