Yulo top earner with P1.8M
World vault champion Carlos Yulo is set to receive a big payout after completing a five-gold haul in the men’s gymnastics competitions of the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.
Cash incentives totalling around P1.8-million is now being prepared by the Philippine Sports Commission for the 22-year-old Yulo, who ended his stint in the biennial meet with five golds and two silvers.
He is among 53 national athletes, who bagged a total of 105 medals during the two-weeklong meet and will be feted this Wednesday in Malacañang by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The incentives won’t be presented yet. But they will receive a bonus ahead of the cash bonanza totalling around P33.380 million from the Office of the President.
“Baka magdagdag si President Duterte. Nasa Hanoi pa kami, humihingi na ng listahan ang Malacanang ng mga medallist. Baka may surprise,” said 2021 SEA Games chef de mission and commissioner Ramon Fernandez of the Philippine Sports Commission.
Yulo won’t be around, though, since he is now in Japan, preparing for the ninth Asian Senior Gymnastics Championships in the Doha, Qatar on June 15.
But his parents, Mark and Angelica, are expected to be around to represent him with Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president Cynthia Carrion.
Yulo won his golds in the apparatus, vault, all-around, floor exercise and horizontal bars, while settling for silvers in the team and the parallel bars.
Aleah Finnegan also delivered for gymnastics with two golds and two silvers, and is set to get P900,000.
Gymnastics also got contributions from bronze medals of Juancho Besana in the men’s vault, Breanna Beladan in the women’s rhythmic all-around and Charmaine Dolar in the women’s aerobics individual event.
Gymnastics emerged as the most productive national sports association during the meet, with seven golds, four silvers and three bronzes.
Athletics was also prolific with it 5-7-14, haul along with dancesports (5-5-2) and billiards (4-4-2).