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TWO-TIME gymnastics world championships gold medallist Carlos Yulo got off to a winning start at the Hanoi SEA Games on Friday (13 May), as the Filipino clinched the men's individual all-around gold at the Quan Ngua Sports Palace.
The 22-year-old scored 85.150 points to finish top of the 16-men competition, ahead of Vietnam's Thanh Tung Le (84.050 points) and Phuong Thanh Dinh (82.450 points), who clinched silver and bronze respectively.
This is Yulo's third SEA Games gold medal of his career, after he had won the all-around and floor exercise golds at the 2019 edition in Manila. He is tipped to win as many as four gold medals in Hanoi.
Yulo had a disappointing Tokyo Olympics last year, when he failed to earn an Olympic medal despite being the reigning world champion in the floor exercise. However, he bounced back in style at the 2021 Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, winning gold in the vault and silver in the parallel bars.
The Philippines men's gymnasts came in second in the team competition, amassing 301.600 points to finish behind host Vietnam (331.250 points) and ahead of Singapore (297.650 points).
After the first official day of competition, the Philippines athletes have won three golds, nine silvers and nine bronzes.