Carlos Yulo and the Philippine national men’s artistic gymnastics team are set to take the stage once again, as they begin their campaign in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games.
The team, which includes Juancho Miguel Besana, Ace de Leon, Jhon Santillan, and Jan Timbang, will be vying for podium finishes in the men’s individual and team all-around competitions starting at 10 a.m. at the National Olympic Stadium Marquee Tent.
Yulo, a two-time world champion, will be a key player for the team. Last year, he grabbed the men’s all-around title and took silver in the team all-around along with Cruz, Besana, De Leon, Timbang, and John Matthew Vergara.
This year, Yulo aims to continue his success and take home top awards for both the individual and team all-around.
However, this year’s competition will have a different twist. Non-Cambodian gymnasts can only join up to two apparatuses, which means a gymnast can only win a maximum of four gold medals, including the individual and team all-around medals. Despite this, Yulo remains focused and determined to give his all.
“It is still a competition. I want to show what I can do in gymnastics even if I don’t end up winning everything,” said Yulo, who won five gold medals and two silver medals last year in Hanoi.
“We want to get the top award for the individual and team all-around. We want to get that.”
During the national team’s two-hour evaluation at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex last May 2, Yulo showed his commitment to his craft. He displayed his skills and talent, proving that he is ready for whatever challenges lie ahead.
The individual apparatus finals will be on Tuesday, May 9, giving the gymnasts ample time to prepare and strategize for their performances.
With Yulo leading the way, the team is ready to take on the competition and show the region what they are made of.