SEA Games: Carlos Yulo adds two more victories for five-gold haul

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Filipino world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo action during the men's vault final at the Hanoi SEA Games.
Filipino world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo action during the men's vault final at the Hanoi SEA Games. (PHOTO: Reuters/Chalinee Thirasupa)

CARLOS Yulo continued his supreme gold-winning form at the Hanoi SEA Games, as he added two golds and one silver at the Quan Ngua Sports Palace on Monday (16 May).

The 22-year-old gymnast won in the men's vault and horizontal bars, and came in second in the parallel bars, to dominate the field and amass a total of five golds and two silvers at the Games.

The reigning vault world champion had earlier won in the all-around, floor exercise and rings events, while leading the Philippine men's team to silver.

That makes Yulo the most be-medalled athlete so far at the ongoing Games, which will end next Monday.

In the vault final, he scored 14.700 points to come out tops over Thailand's Tikumporn Surintornta (14.250 points) and compatriot Juancho Besena (14.017 points), the silver and bronze medallists respectively.

It was a tighter affair in the horizontal bars competition, as Yulo was tied with Vietnam's Phuong Thanh Dinh on 13.867 points, and officials decided to award gold medals for both gymnasts.

"I thought I lost the gold there," Yulo told The Inquirer after learning of the result.

With the artistic gymnastics competition completed, the Philippines have recorded their best-ever showing with seven golds, four silvers and one bronze.

Meanwhile at the My Dinh Water Sports Palace, Chloe Isleta became just the third Filipino female swimmer to win the gold medal, when she powered to victory in the women's 200m backstroke final on Monday.

The last time a Filipino female swimmer won gold at the SEA Games was in 1993, when Akiko Thomson won the 100m and 200m backstroke events.

The 24-year-old Isleta clocked 2min 18.60sec for her win, more than a second faster than Indonesia's Nurul Fajar Fitriyati (2:19.79) in second place. The bronze medal went to Thailand's Mia Millar (2:19.90).

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