THE Philippines won its fourth gold medal in the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games yesterday morning when Filipino gymnast Reyland Capellan successfully defended his title in the men’s floor exercise at the Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Defending the title he won in Singapore two years ago, that effectively ended a medal drought in the floor exercise for the country, Mr. Capellan, 23, completed back-to-back SEA Games gold with a score of 13.950 points, beating out Zul Bahrin Mat Asri of Malaysia and Tikumporn Surintornta of Thailand, who registered 13.750 and 13.6700 points to settle for the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
“I’m so happy that I am able to contribute to the gold-medal production of the Philippines,” said Mr. Capellan, a product of the Centro Escolar University, following his gold-winning showing in the artistic portion of the gymnastics event in the ongoing biennial regional sporting meet.
His gold was the fourth for the country following those of marathoner Mary Joy Tabal and triathletes Nikko Huelgas and Kim Mangrobang. — MASM