SEA Games

Gymnast Aleah Finnegan impresses in maiden SEA Games with 2 golds, 2 silvers

Delfin Dioquino
Gymnast Aleah Finnegan impresses in maiden SEA Games with 2 golds, 2 silvers

KEY ACQUISITION. The addition of Aleah Finnegan has turned things around for the Philippines in SEA Games women's artistic gymnastics.

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Filipina-American Aleah Finnegan proves her mettle in her first SEA Games stint for the Philippines by bagging four medals

MANILA, Philippines – Carlos Yulo is not the only Filipino gymnast who has turned heads in the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.

Aleah Finnegan proved her mettle in her first SEA Games stint for the Philippines as she concluded her women’s artistic gymnastics campaign on Monday, May 16, with two gold and two silver medals.

The former member of the United States gymnastics team led the Filipina crew of Lucia Gutierrez, Kursten Lopez, Charlie Manzano, Cristina Loberanes, and Chiara Andrews to a gold finish in the team all-around.

Finnegan also bagged silver in the individual all-around, finishing behind Rifda Irfanaluthfi of Indonesia.

But Finnegan refused to settle for a runner-up finish in the vault as she bagged her second gold by dethroning Irfanaluthfi, who clinched bronze, and edging Vietnam bet Nguyen Thi Quynh Nhu, who bagged silver.

She then ended her SEA Games bid on Monday, May 16, with another silver in balance beam.

The addition of the 19-year-old Finnegan has turned things around for the Philippines after failing to win a medal in women’s artistic gymnastics in the 2019 SEA Games.

In this edition, the Philippines ended the artistic gymnastics tournament as the top performing country, winning a total of seven gold, four silver, and one bronze in the men’s and women’s action. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.