Monteclaro, Verdeflor shine in artistic gymnastics
BY: Malaya Business Insight
FIL-AMS Jean Nathan Monteclaro and Ava Verdeflor bagged three gold medals each to stamp their class in the men’s and girls’ individual artistic gymnastics competitions, respectively, in the PSC-POC Philippine National Games at the GAP gym of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex over the weekend.
After winning the all-around title last Friday, Monteclaro added the parallel bars (13.5 points), rings (12.6), and high bar gold medal (12.625) to his collection on top of two bronze medals in the vault and pommel horse, emerging as the most bemedalled athlete in the men’s artistic event of thet competition organized by the PSC and the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines.
Monteclaro’s twin brother, Christian, bucked a torn right bicep muscle and salvaged the vault gold (13.325), fellow Fil-Am Brandon Judalang ruled the pommel horse (10.55) while local bet Reyland Capellan of Pililla, Rizal topped the floor exercise (13.275) of the meet sponsored by Ayala Corp, Procter and Gamble, LBC and 7-Eleven.
With the women’s event scrapped due to lack of entries, the spotlight fell on Verdeflor, born in Tarlac City whose family is now based in Dallas, Texas, who handily won the floor exercise (12.375), uneven bars (11.65) and balance beam events.
“This was a good experience for me and I hope I can come back to compete again in the PNG next year,” said Verdeflor, 14, who matched the four gold medal haul of Monteclaro in the meet also backed by Everlast, Milo and Tea Monkey.
Escaping the clutches of Verdeflor was the vault event that was topped by national pool member Rachel Arellano (12.325).
In the boys division, Palaro high school champion Carlos Yulo and Allen Christopher Lim stood out by copping a pair of gold medals each.
An incoming Araullo high school sophomore, Yulo, 13, won the floor exercise (13.375) and parallel bars (12.075) while Lim, a fourth-year UE high school student, took the vault (12.65) and high bar (5.825) gold medals.
All-around junior champion Rafael Ablaza grabbed the rings gold (11.55) while Jan Gwen Timbang topped the pommel horse (9.6) to cap hostilities in artistic gymnastics.
Gymnastics was set to end last night with the cheerleading event featuring 400 entries and 19 teams.