Asia’s best skater — Margielyn Didal — starts her quest for glory when the skateboarding competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games unwraps Tuesday at the Tagaytay Skate Park in Cavite.
Didal, the Cebuana sensation who ruled the street skateboarding event of the 18th Asian Games, is tipped to dominate when the preliminaries of women’s division kicks off at 3 p.m.
Aside from Didal, also expected to win are Filipino-American Christiana Means and Jericho Francisco along with eight other Filipino-foreign skaters who have been training in Europe and the United States.
Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines president Monty Mendigoria refused to come up with a medal prediction, but stressed that their goal is to sweep all eight events.
“Of course, we’re not promising for the moon and the stars, but rest assured that we will do our best to complete a sweep,” said Mendigoria, adding that with the kind of buildup that they had, winning all eight gold medals at stake is not impossible.
“We’re very optimistic. We’re working hard and we’re expecting very good results.”
Mendigoria said Thailand is the biggest threat to their campaign after coming up with an impressive recruitment program while Vietnam and Indonesia have a solid cast of competitors.
“That’s the reason why I refuse to reveal our final lineup up to the last minute,” he said. “I know they are also preparing and are ready to win a gold or two here.”
“But we’ll be fine. I am confident on our chances and I know that we’ll give other teams a very good fight.”