CARLOS YULO glittered on the men’s vault at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Kitakyushu to emerge as the country’s toast for the month of October.
Yulo fell short at the Tokyo Olympics last August but made up for that shortcoming with the vault gold medal that also offset his missed performance in the floor exercise which he ruled in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2019.
A silver medal in the parallel bars laced Yulo’s impressive performance in the Japanese prefecture that punctuated his goal of catching the one that got away in the Olympics.
Yulo’s 14.916 was enough for him to beat Japan’s Hidenobu Yonekura for the gold in the vault and his 15.300 in parallel bars was good for second place overall behind Hu Xuwei of China who posted 15.466.
The floor exercise wasn’t in his elements and could only finish fifth with 14.566 points after losing points for landing out of bounds.
Back home, the TNT Tropang Giga topped the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup for its first championship since 2015.
The Tropang Giga finished off the Magnolia Pambansang Manok in five games, allowing the Manuel V. Pangilinan-owned franchise to end a streak of 11 straight championships by teams from San Miguel Corp.
Mikey Williams showed he was a veteran rookie by running away with the PBA Press Corps Finals Most Valuable Player trophy in the all-Filipino conference.
October didn’t end without another triumph overseas as Jonas Sultan snatched the vacant World Boxing Organization intercontinental bantamweight crown.
Sultan scored a unanimous decision victory over erstwhile unbeaten Carlos Caraballo of Puerto Rico in a 10-round fight at the Hulu Theater at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.
It was Sultan’s 18th win in 23 professional fights.