Didal starts Olympic journey


Skateboarding heroine Margielyn Didal will begin her quest to earn a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics during the Street League Skateboarding PRO Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 8 to 11 January, the first Olympic ranking competition in the sport.

Didal, who catapulted to instant fame when the 19-year-old captured a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games, will be in the company of the world’s best in the discipline including Brazilian Monica Torres, Australian Haley Wilson, Candy Jacobs of the Netherlands and 16-year-old Japanese world champion Aori Nishimura.

Didal would love to follow the footsteps of 2016 Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz or even surpass the feat of the Filipino weightlifting star by aiming for the country’s first Olympic gold in the 2020 Tokyo Games.

“It’s a dream that I hope to fulfill. But for now, my focus is how to earn a spot in the Olympics through a series of ranking competitions where I have to perform at my best,” Didal said.

Also seeing action in the Rio qualifier, considered as the 2019 world championship of skateboarding, is Christiana Means, an Oregon-based Pinay skater, who like Didal is backed by Go for Gold.

The top 14 women of Street League Skateboarding will see action in Rio beginning Tuesday, which will also feature world-renowned skaters Pamela Rosa, Alexis Sablone, Kate Shengeliya, Jenn Sotto, Lacey Baker, Samarria Brevard, Julia Brueckler, Leticia Bufoni and Mariah Duran.

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