Pinoy gymnasts win 14 medals in HK tournament

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gymnastics20150309SINGAPORE Southeast Asian Games candidate Reyland Capillan and Youth Olympian Carlos Yulo captured two gold medals in their respective categories to lead the Philippines’ 14-medal haul in the Hong Kong Gymnastics International Invitational Championships held at the Shan Sports Center in Shatin.

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Capillan, an out of school youth from Rizal Province, surprised his veteran rivals including Incheon Asian Games gold medalist Wai Hung Shek from host Hong Kong in winning the gold in the seniors individual vault event.

The 21-year old Capillan and the top-rated Shek, actually finished tied with a similar final score of 14.199 points. But the Filipino gymnast won via a count back as the Hong Kong superstar has a point deducted on fault.

Unlike in vault event, Capillan pulled off an overwhelming triumph in the floor exercise, scoring 15.33 points with Malaysians Phanying Lo and Muhammad Abdul Azim finished way behind at 12.850 and 12.700 points, respectively.

For his part, the 15-year old Yulo captured the gold in pummel horse with 11.666 points beating Singaporean Yong Sean Yeo (11.533) and Filipino Jan Timbalang (11.500), while a count back made him a double gold winner against Thai Thikumporn Surithorntka in the high bar event as they both scored 12.633. Kazakhstan’s Ting Chia Chang claimed the bronze (11.766).

Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) president Cynthia Carrion congratulated both the athletes and coaches for a job well done and said that the team’s strong showing was the results of the long-term program she consolidated with the Romanian and Japanese coaches the association hire four years ago.

Yulo also won silver medals in the vault, steel rings, floor exercise and parallel bar, and earned the first runner up in the individual all-around category.

The other medalists were Rafael Ablaza (bronze in vault and floor), Jan Gwynn (bronze in pummel horse), Tina Onofre (silver in parallel bars), Chloe Shaine Gatlabayan (silver in vault and bronze in floor).

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