ASIAN GAMES: Skateboarder Didal goes for medal on Wednesday

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 28, 2018 07:58 PM
Skateboarder Didal goes for medal on Wednesday
Didal was picked No. 5 to perform in the final set at 11 a.m. (12 noon in Manila) on Wednesday.

PALEMBANG — Gold medal hopeful Margielyn Arda Didal was given an extra day of rest after 18th Asian Games organizers decided to advance all nine entries to the women’s skate final on Wednesday at the Jakabaring Sport City Skate Park.

“There are only nine entries in the event so it was decided that all of them would be outright finalists during the team managers meeting held last Monday,” said Skateboard Association of the Philippines Inc. president Monty Mendigoria on Tuesday.

Mendigoria added that instead of a seeding run for the nine athletes “they had a drawing of lots and Didal was picked No. 5 to perform in the final set at 11 a.m. (12 noon in Manila) on Wednesday.

The decision, he added, was also made to protect the athletes from injuries during the preliminaries in the discipline making its Asian Games debut and which will also be a medal sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Considered the top pick in the event, Didal, who finished an impressive eight among 12 entries in the XTreme Games last July in Minneapolis, Minnesota, kept her cards close to her chest and merely said “cool lang po ako.”

The 19-year-old Cebuana is coming off an impressive build-up to her Asian Games debut, highlighted by a stint last May in London in the prestigious Street League, considered as the highest level of competition in skateboarding.

Because of her outstanding performance in the London meet, Didal was likewise invited for two train for two weeks at the  Woodward Skatecamp, the premier US skateboarding  training camp in Woodward, Pennsylvania.

Still competing in the men’s street skate eliminations as of press time were Jeffrey Gonzales and Renzo Mark Feliciano, whose stints were cut short as an intermittent heavy afternoon downpour delayed the proceedings, making the playing  and surface conditions unsafe for the athletes.

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