Caloy Yulo tops vault, high bar events to cap SEA Games with 5 golds

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2022 04:00 PM | Updated as of May 16 2022 07:36 PM

Caloy Yulo performs in the men's vault competition at the SEA Games in Vietnam on Monday. PSC/POC Media
Caloy Yulo performs in the men's vault competition at the SEA Games in Vietnam on Monday. PSC/POC Media

MANILA (4TH UPDATE) – Caloy Yulo struck gold once again at the 31st Southeast Asian Games after emerging victorious in the men's vault and high bar events Monday afternoon in Hanoi. 

Yulo pulled the rug from under Thailand's Tikumporn Suritonta as the last performer in the vault event, scoring 14.800 with a dragulescu and 14.700 in his final attempt. 

Tikumporn tallied 14.267 for silver, while Filipino Juanchit Eserio (14.017) bagged bronze. 

He then shared the gold in the high bar competition with hometown bet Dinh Phuong Thanh, getting identical 13.867 scores. Vietnam's Thanh Tung Le settled for bronze. 

The results mean Yulo concludes the tournament with five gold medals, the most by any Filipino in these Games thus far, after topping the individual all-around, still rings, and floor exercise events the past two days.

He also won silver in parallel bars and team all-around.

Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president Cynthia Carrion-Norton earlier said she was expecting the two-time world champion to win "at least a minimum of four gold medals." 

Yulo also repeated his 2019 silver finish in parallel bars for the Hanoi edition of the Games, while Vietnam's Dinh Phuong Thanh completed his three-peat bid for SEA Games gold after scoring 15.133. 

In women's gymnastics, US-raised Filipina Aleah Finnegan Cruz secured silver in the women's balance beam, behind winner Rachel Yeoh of Malaysia.

It was Finnegan's fourth medal overall in her debut at the biennial meet. 

Meanwhile, Chiara Andrews (11.933) and Ma. Christina Loberanes (11.900) failed to secure medals in the women's floor exercise finals.

Indonesia and Thailand earned a gold medal apiece after getting identival 12.700 scores, while Vietnam's Nhu Phiong Pham earned bronze with a score of 120.033. 

– With reports from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News