Carlos Yulo didn’t must look far for inspiration as he went on a hunt for a second gold medal.
“I acquired challenged when [John] Ivan [Cruz] and [Juancho] Miguel [Besana] gained gold medals,’’ stated Yulo, who solely had a silver to indicate on Tuesday within the thirty second Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games right here in Cambodia earlier than his teammates went on a gold spree.
“I additionally wished to get a gold of my very own right this moment,” Yulo added.
The 2-time world champion went into hyperfocus on the parallel bars, arising with a strong efficiency that merited 14.850 factors for the gold—his second on this yr’s version of the biennial meet to develop into Group Philippines’ first double gold winner right here.
Yulo additionally has two silvers after ending second within the rings on Tuesday and serving to the boys’s workforce end second on Monday.
Vietnam’s Phuong Thanh Dinh, who pipped Yulo for the gold within the rings, settled for silver behind the Filipino in parallel bars after gathering 14.400 factors.
Yulo’s gold was the third of the day for the gymnastics squad. And whereas he discovered motivation inside attain, Cruz needed to dig deep for his.
“Life is tough again within the Philippines, however all of the sacrifices and the hardships in coaching are all price it,’’ the teary-eyed 21-year-old Cruz stated after ruling the boys’s ground train for his first particular person gold within the SEA Video games.
‘Manner out of poverty’
A gold is price P300,000 in authorities incentives, one thing Cruz stated can be godsend for his household.
“We now have nothing and that is our approach out of poverty,’’ stated Cruz, who comes from Malate, Manila. “That is my largest win. I by no means thought I may attain this. Two years in the past, I used to be compelled to cease coaching with the nationwide workforce to assist my household financially.’’
Cruz took the ground forward of the remainder amongst seven finalists and registered 13.850 factors whereas Thailand’s Tikumporn Surintornta pocketed the silver with 13.800 factors. Indonesia’s Joseph Hatoguan completed with the bronze (13.500).
Besana, in the meantime, grabbed the boys’s vault gold by scoring 14.425 after two makes an attempt.
“I added to my [degree of] problem that’s why my talent degree additionally rose,” stated Besana, a 19-year-old sports activities science main at College of Santo Tomas. “That is for God’s glory and in addition my sacrifice for the nation so we will present different nations that we’re good in gymnastics.”
Besana, who began within the sport when he was 4 years outdated, is hoping to qualify for subsequent yr’s Paris Olympics.
Yulo didn’t match his five-gold output in Hanoi final yr, however the Japan-based gymnast was nonetheless over the moon with the workforce’s efficiency right here. “I nonetheless really feel blessed and glad for my teammates due to the medals that we’ve gained,’’ stated Yulo.
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