Malaysia’s Tan Fu Jie broke the hearts of the Filipinos in the men’s gymnastics pommel horse event at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday by winning the gold medal to deny home favorite Carlos Yulo who was eyeing a seven medal haul.
The Malaysian tallied 13.967 for the gold medal – pushing the Yulo (13.233) into the second spot. The bronze went to Vietnam’s Dinh Phuong Thanh who scored 12.867.
For the record, the 19-year-old Yulo won the floor exercise – his favorite event – in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in October. He won the all-around event on Sunday and on Tuesday added the Sea Games gold in the same event.
However, Fu Jie put a dent in Yulo’s pride by winning the pommel horse event.
“I put in a lot of effort into training for this Games in Manila…so this gold is worth for all the sacrifices,” said Fu Jie on his win, adding that he will train harder for other international meets.
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s gymnastics queen won her second gold in Manila – comings out tops in the women’s uneven bars to add to the gold she won in the all-around event.
The 25-year-old Farah, the crowd’s favorite in Manila, scored 12.367 for her gold in the uneven bars. The silver went to Vietnam’s Huong Do Thi Ngoc with a 11.767 total – pipping another Malaysian Rachel Yeoh, who also had the same score, to the bronze medal. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH