Capellan gold breaks 10-year drought in gymnastics for the Philippines
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 09, 2015 06:25 PM
"Masaya po at nanalo po ako sa ating bayan." --- Reyland Capellan
SINGAPORE – Reyland Capellan broke a 10-year-old gold-medal drought in gymnastics of the Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday by ruling the men’s artistic all-around event at the Expo Sports Hall 2 here.
Shrugging off a right shoulder injury, the 5-foot-2 pocket dynamo was a picture of confidence and artistry in taking the gold medal with a score of 14.733 points, just .167 points better than Singapore’s Hoe Wah Toon who took the silver (14.566). Vietnam’s Phuoc Hung Pham was third (14.500) and had the bronze.
It marked was the country’s first gold medal in the men’s artistics gymnastics since Roel Ramirez bagged two mints in the 2005 Philippine SEA Games.
"Masaya po at nanalo po ako sa ating bayan," said Capellan, 21, a former Central Escolar University cheerleader, who was just sixth in the qualifiers three day days ago, and was performing with a bum shoulder that had been bothering him since late last year.
He credited his Japanese coach Munehiro Kugiyama and the support of Gymnastics Association of the Philippines led by president Cynthia Carrion, the deputy chief of mission here, for his superb performance
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games veteran Ava Verdeflor later in the day with a silver in the women’s uneven parallel bars by scoring 12.336 points, raising the national gymnastic’s team medal collection to three counting the women’s team bronze last Sunday.
Capellan was eyeing his second gold medal in his forte, the men’s vault, at 2 p.m. tomorrow.