Pinoy gymnast clinches PH 4th gold in Kuala Lumpur


Posted at Aug 22 2017 12:04 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2017 05:21 PM

Reyland Capellan competes in the men's floor exercise event of the gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Capelan scored 13.950 points to win the gold medal. Pool Photo

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- (UPDATED) Veteran gymnast Reynald Capellan reigned supreme in his pet event to score the Philippines' fourth gold medal of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MiTEC here.

The 23-year old Capellan, a gold medalist in the previous SEA Games in Singapore, overcame a faulty start to finish with 13.950 points en route to winning the men’s floor exercise event.

Capellan bested Zul Bahrin Bin Mat Asri of Malaysia and Tikumporn Surintornta of Thailand, who registered 13.750 and 13.6700 points to settle for the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Watch his winning routine here:

Capellan said he was tense at the start, prompting him to lose his balance. But when he regained his composure, performing his routine was like a walk in the park for him.

“I’m so happy that I am able to contribute to the gold-medal production of the Philippines,” said Capellan, a former member of the Centro Escolar University pep squad who also campaigned in the World Artistic Gymnastics in Glasgow two years ago.

“I was a little nervous at the start that’s why I lost my balance and had a bad landing. But it’s okay; at least I made up for that missed opportunity in the latter part of my routine.”

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