(UPDATE) Caloy Yulo took home the gold medal in the men’s all-around event in gymnastics at the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam on Friday.
Yulo took the gold medal after scoring 85.150 overall, besting four other Vietnamese bets for the top slot.
The Philippines, meanwhile, finished silver overall in the all-around team competition, with Vietnam taking the gold medal.
At Quan Ngura Sports Palace, Yulo competed against 12 other gymnasts from five countries – two from Malaysia, one each from Indonesia and Thailand, two from Singapore, and four from host Vietnam.
Yulo powered through 7 apparatus, scoring a perfect 15 in his first vault attempt.
He scored a near-perfect run in the parallel bars (15.200), despite a difficult routine, and 14.050 in the horizontal bars.
The back-to-back SEA Games gold medallist said he was happy to have teammates with him all throughout.
"Usually, ako lang mag-isa nagko-compete. Kapag team competition, kinakabahan po talaga ako. Pero kapag ako lang, normal lang," the 22-year-old said.
Yulo will next take part in the pommel horse, rings, and floor exercise competitions on Saturday, before plunging into action in the high bar, parallel bar and vault competitions on Sunday.
At the 2019 SEA Games in Manila, Yulo scored 84.900 to take the all-around gold much to the delight of the capacity crowd at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Vietnam's Dinh Phuong Thanh (82.350) and Le Thahn Tung (81.700) claimed silver and bronze, respectively.
Prior to these Games, Cynthia Carrion-Norton, president of the
Gymnastics Association of the Philippines, the sports national governing body, said she is confident Yulo will win at least four gold medals.
“Everybody’s afraid and watching Caloy in training here,” she said.
Yulo downplayed expectations, saying: “I’ll just focus on my strength and what I can do in the competition.”
-- With reports from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News