WINNING two gold medals on your first Southeast Asian Games stint at home grounds is not bad at all, right?
World champion Carlos Edriel “Caloy” Yulo bagged three silver medals yesterday in the finals of the vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar in the last day of the men’s artistic gymnastics of the 2019 SEA Games before a big and roaring crowd at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
Yulo wound up second in the vault after tallying 14.700, with the gold going to Prayoko Agus of Indonesia, who scored 14.734. Former two-time champion Le Thanh Tung of Vietnam got the bronze with 14.617.
Yulo, 19, absorbed two heart-rending near-misses in the last two events.
Vietnamese Dinh Phuong Thanh, the reigning titlist in the event, beat Yulo for the mint in the parallel bars with his 14.800 mark. Yulo settled for the silver with 14.600, while Le Thanh Tung got the bronze with 14.233.
Showing gravity-defying stunts in his routine, Thanh ruled the horizontal bar and posted 13.767.
Yulo had 13.667, with Yeo Xong Sean Sean of Singapore taking home the bronze with 13.567.
The diminutive Yulo capped his debut in the 11-nation regional sports spectacle as the most bemedalled gymnast in men’s play with two golds (individual all-around and floor exercise) and five silvers.
Yulo and his team refused to grant an interview to reporters after the awarding ceremonies, rushing to their van outside the venue afterwards.