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HIGHLIGHTS: 31st SEA Games – May 15, 2022

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HIGHLIGHTS: 31st SEA Games – May 15, 2022
Olympic gymnast Carlos Yulo banners the Philippines' push for a fresh batch of medals in the Southeast Asian Games

DANCESPORT DUO GETS FIRST GOLD

In Latin dance, the tandem of Stephanie De Leon and Michael Angelo Marquez ruled the way for another gold finish – the Philippines’ 20th overall.

The country’s dancesport bets so far have one gold, three silvers, and two bronzes.

WILLIAM MORRISON GETS GOLD IN SHOT PUT

Fil-Am William Morrison dominated the competition on the way to a first-place finish in shot put, where his golden heave clocked in at 18.14 meters.

Thailand settled for silver at 17.32 meters, while Malaysia nabbed bronze after a 17.20-meter final throw.

CARLOS YULO RISES TO THIRD SEA GAMES GOLD IN STILL RINGS

Carlos Yulo avenged his unfortunate sixth-place crash in the SEA Games pommel horse event with a golden comeback in the still rings competition.

The last performer in the eight-man race, Yulo stole the show with a 14.400 score, just slightly ahead of the Vietnamese silver-bronze duo of Nguyen Van Khanh Phong (13.800) and Le Thanh Tung (13.500).

(READ: Carlos Yulo avenges pommel horse crash, grabs SEA Games still rings gold)

ARNEL MANDAL SCORES GOLD IN WUSHU – MEN’S SANDA

Arnel Mandal swept Indonesian Admiral Pandu Pratama, 2-0, in the finals of men’s sanda 56kg to win the Philippines’ 17th SEA Games gold.

CARLOS YULO CRASHES TO SIXTH IN POMMEL HORSE

Carlos Yulo struggled mightily in his gold medal attempt at the pommel horse event as he finished just sixth out of eight competitors with a score of 11.733.

Vietnam scored another gold after a 14.400 finish from Ngoc Xuan Thieng Dang, while Malaysia locked the silver and bronze thanks to the efforts of Fu Jie Tan (14.200) and Muhammad Sharulaimy (12.500).

(READ: Carlos Yulo crashes out of SEA Games pommel race, fails to avenge 2019 silver)

ALEAH FINNEGAN EARNS SECOND GOLD IN WOMEN’S VAULT

Filipino-American gymnast Aleah Finnegan won her second career SEA Games gold medal after ruling the women’s vault event with a score of 13.133.

She previously copped her first gold in the team competition.

CARLOS YULO CRUISES TO SECOND GOLD

Carlos Yulo cruised to his second SEA Games gold medal in Vietnam after defending his gold medal in floor exercise with a score of 15.200 – way ahead of second placer Terry Wei-an Tay of Singapore who tallied 14.033.

The 22-year-old Olympian is now the Philippines’ second multiple gold winner after Kim Mangrobang achieved the feat earlier in the day.

(READ: Former floor exercise world champ Carlos Yulo defends SEA Games throne)

KIM MANGROBANG BAGS SECOND GOLD

Kim Mangrobang became the Philippines’ first multiple gold winner in Vietnam as she ruled the women’s duathlon.

A day before, Mangrobang won gold in women’s triathlon.

(READ: Double gold for Kim Mangrobang as PH tops women’s duathlon)

AGATHA WONG NABS GOLD IN WUSHU

Wushu star Agatha Wong opened the day for the Philippines in style by retaining her gold medal in women’s taijijian.

Now a four-time SEA Games champion, Wong redeemed herself a day after failing to defend her throne in women’s taijiquan, where she was the gold winner in 2017 and 2019.

(READ: Agatha Wong reigns in wushu, retains SEA Games gold in women’s taijijian)

PREVIEW

All eyes will be on Carlos Yulo as he banners the Philippines’ push for a fresh batch of medals in the Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam on Sunday, May 15.

The newly crowned individual all-around champion in men’s artistic gymnastics seeks to win more golds when he competes in the floor exercise and pommel horse.

Yulo bagged gold in floor exercise and silver in pommel horse in the 2019 SEA Games, which saw him end up as the Philippines’ most bemedaled athlete with two golds and five silvers.

Seeing her reign in women’s taijiquan end, wushu standout Agatha Wong looks to redeem herself with a repeat gold in women’s taijijian.

Wong ruled the women’s taijiquan in 2017 and 2019 but settled for silver in this edition of the SEA Games.

Over in athletics, Aries Toledo aims for a third straight SEA Games in gold in men’s decathlon as he wraps up his stint in the two-day event.

Toledo will participate in the 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, and javelin throw before finishing it off in the 1500m run.

Also set to see action on Sunday and contribute to the Philippines’ medal tally are the fencing, golf, and billiards teams.

– 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.