Earlier today, July 26, the Cebu-based skateboarder clinched the seventh spot out of eight in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ women’s skateboarding street event held at the Ariake Sports Park. Didal was able to nail a nosegrind landing for her second trick for a score of 2.97, but fought through an apparent ankle sprain after her third attempt. Since she nailed only one of her five tricks, the skateboarder gained a total score of 7.52.
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Japan’s 13-year-old skateboarder Nishiya Momiji was able to capture gold with a 15.26 total. Despite the seventh spot, Didal was all smiles during her turn on the ramp.
Margielyn Didal didn’t make the cut, playing with injury. Still proud of you Margie, thank you for representing the flag🇵🇭 #skateboarding #Tokyo2020 #olympics #OlympicGames #LabanPilipinas pic.twitter.com/CcT0VT94QW
— The Scoreboard (@TheScoreboard6) July 26, 2021
Back in 2018, the Filipino skateboarder wheeled her way into Time’s list of “25 Most Influential Teens.” Speaking with the magazine, Didal talked about the toils and tribulations she had to face, which echoed the struggles of the local skating community, including instances of her entering competitions without a skateboard of her own. Now with an Olympic stint under Margielyn’s belt, best believe that we’re still all eyes and cheers for her.
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