Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo displayed his world-class talent again as he secured three more medals, including a gold in the floor exercise event, in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Yulo put on another dazzling show in front of the home crowd, topping the floor event and placing second in the pommel horse and still rings. He now has a total of four medals in the biennial meet, including the gold he won in the individual all-around on Sunday.
"I want to thank them because of their great support," Yulo said about the hundreds of Pinoy fans who cheered him on.
The 19-year-old Yulo was in his element when he hit the mat for the floor exercise, the same event that catapulted him to the top of the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, making him the first-ever Filipino world champion.
Yulo showcased a triple twist to finish off his flawless routine, which garnered a score of 6.200 in difficulty and 8.500 in execution for a total of 14.700.
Yulo took home the third straight SEA Games gold medal for the Philippines in floor exercise, dethroning his fellow Filipino gymnast Reyland Capellan, who reigned supreme in the 2015 and 2017 edition of the Games. Capellan missed out on the podium this time as he finished in fifth place with a 13.433 mark.
Thailand's Tikumporn Surintornta (13.833) and Malaysia's Zul Bahrin Mat Asri (13.767) bagged the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Yulo settled for silver in his second apparatus final, the pommel horse. He struggled in the early part before he got his momentum and landed a good dismount. He tallied 13.233 (4.900 difficulty and 8.333 in execution), lower than the 13.600 he got in the qualifying round where he finished third.
Malaysia's Fu Jie Tan (13.967) captured back-to-back gold in the pommel horse, while Vietnam's Phuong Thanh Dinh (12.867) brought home the bronze.
Yulo copped his second silver medal in the still rings. His stunning routine, which included impressive straddles and handstands capped off by a perfect dismount, earned him a score of 13.733.
Yulo still placed second despite ending up tied with Indonesia's Dwi Arifin because of his higher execution mark (8.233 versus 7.733). Vietnam's Nam Dang, meanwhile, successfully defended his crown after getting a 13.867 nod from the judges.
Yulo will shoot for more medals as he competes in the men's vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bars on the last day of the artistic gymnastics competition Wednesday at the same venue.
"I'm not actually aiming for medals. I'm aiming for good routines and good execution, that's all," said Yulo. "I'm not yet satisfied because my trainings are better than the competitions. ... I cannot promise anything but I'll continue to do my best."