Carlos Yulo tops artistic gymnastics events, gives Philippines another gold medal

Carlos Yulo (middle) beat his Vietnam foes to win the gold medal in the artistic gymnastic men's all-around individual event. Marlon Bernabe

Carlos Yulo bagged the gold medal in the men's individual all around event of the Gymnastics-Artistic competition at the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

Yulo garnered a total score of 84.900, topping the floor exercise and horizontal bar with 14.650 and 13.750 points, respectively. He ranked third in pommel horse (13.600), second in still rings (13.600), second in vault (14.550) and second in parallel bars (14.400).

"I don't expect to win medals in any competition I join," a relieved Yulo said on asked what he felt after winning the gold. "I was really hyped by the crowd. I got nervous. But thank you to everyone who showed us their support here. I'm lost for words."

Vietnam's Dinh Phuong Thanh (82.350) and Le Thanh Tung (81.700) took home the silver and bronze, respectively.

Yulo was one of the first Filipino athletes to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He followed that up with a gold medal in the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany in October, which was the Philippines' first gymnastics championship.

"Germany was different. I was more nervous here because I knew I had a chance to win."