PSA achievers: Yulo, Sultan lead October batch

Published November 11, 2021, 10:21 PM

by Manila Bulletin Sports

Carlos Yulo

Carlos Yulo led the top achievers in the month of October after atoning for his Tokyo Olympic struggles with an impressive showing in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

After falling short in his medal bid in the Summer Games, the 21-year-old Yulo beamed with pride by taking the gold in men’s vault, while bagging the silver in the parallel bars of the World Championships held in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Yulo’s 14.916 was enough to beat Japan’s Hidenobu Yonekura for the gold in the vault event, and then did 15.300 in parallel bars to place second overall behind winner Hu Xuwei of China who had 15.466.

The two medals enabled Yulo to redeem himself from failing to defend his title in men’s floor exercise, his pet event, where he finished fifth with 14.566 points after being deducted for landing out of bounds.

Back home, the TNT Tropang Giga capped off the PBA Philippine Cup by winning its first championship since 2015.

The Tropang Giga finished off the Magnolia Pambansang Manok in five games, allowing the Manny V. Pangilinan-owned franchise to end a streak of 11 straight championship by teams from San Miguel Corporation.

Rookie Mikey Williams capped off his first conference in the league by winning the PBA Press Corps Finals Most Valuable Player.

October didn’t end without another triumph overseas as Jonas Sultan won the vacant World Boxing Organization intercontinental bantamweight crown.

Sultan scored a unanimous decision victory over the favored Carlos Caraballo of Puerto Rico in a 10-round fight at Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

It was Sultan’s 18th win in 23 professional fights.

 
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