ASIAN GAMES: PHI skateboarders try their luck to earn medals

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 27, 2018 08:03 PM
ASIAN GAMES: PHI skateboarders try their luck to earn medals
It will be the Philippine skateboarding team's turn to add medals to the country's coffers.

PALEMBANG --- In the absence of top Japanese rivals Isa Kaya and Yososomi Sakakura, Cebuana Margielyn Arda Didal looms as the prohibitive women’s favorite in the 18th Asian Games skateboarding competitions opening at the Jakabaring Sport City Skate Park on Tuesday.

“With the Japanese out, Margielyn is a very strong prospect for gold in the women’s street event,” Skateboard Association of the Philippines Inc. president Monty Mendigoria following the practice of the Philippine skateboarding squad on Monday.

Mendigoria bared  that with the field reduced to nine entries “the qualifiers on Tuesday will advance to the finals the next day. This has been reduced to a ranking system to determine the order of performance in the next round.”

He explained the qualifiers were also important “because this will determine who performs first to last, meaning if our girl gets a highest score tomorrow, then she will be the last to perform and gets to see how the rest fare ahead.

“She can then execute tricks and routines that will be superior than her opponents,” he said.

Mendigoria said that the Didal was confident of delivering the goods as the sport makes its Asian Games debut, and will also be among the handful disciplines that will officially make their bow in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.  

He cited her extensive preparations for this meet, including completing in the World Xtreme Games in Minneapolis where she finished eighth overall out of 12 entries plus two weeks of intensive training for free at the Skateboard Camp at Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania.

What sets Didal, 19,  apart, he said, “is the fact that Margielyn has been skateboarding with boys since she was 12 years so she is fearless, sometimes reckless, in competing against girls. May pagka-tomboy ang laro niya.”

Besides Didal, also seeing action for the country in the men’s street event preliminaries on Tuesday are Renzo Mak Feliciano and Jeff Gonzales, according to Mendigoria.   

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