By Adrian Stewart Co
Filipina skateboarder Margielyn Didal failed to land a medal finish in the street event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s skateboarding yesterday at the Ariake Skateboarding Park in Tokyo, Japan.
The Cebuana skateboarder fumbled with some of her moves in the championship round to end up with just 7.52 points good for seventh place in an eight-player finale.
The 25-year-old Didal went for smooth and clean passes on the Runs section as she had 2.33 points in her first attempt and 2.22 points in the second try to place at seventh.
In the Tricks round, Didal missed on her first trick for a 0.00 points before having a solid execution of a 50-50 on her second attempt to accumulate 2.97 points.
Didal then struggled on her third trick attempt, fumbled and tweaked her ankle in the fourth try and once again falling on her fifth and final try to settle for a 7.52 points total.
Thirteen-year-old Nishiya Momiji notched the gold medal in the event, while Brazil’s Rayssa Leal took home the silver and Japanese Nakayama Funa bagged the bronze medal.
PINAY BOXER PETECIO ADVANCES TO Q’FINALS
Meanwhile, Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio advanced to the quarterfinals round of women’s featherweight division after scoring a 3-2 split decision upset over no. 1 seed Lin Yu-ting of Chinese-Taipei in the round-of-16.
Unlike in her first bout that saw her dominate, Petecio was forced into a tight battle with Lin before getting the judges’ nod and move closer to a sure bronze medal.
Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam, meanwhile, had a solid Olympics debut after a split decision victory over Irvine Brendan of Ireland in the men’s flyweight round-of-32 match.
Paalam has been the aggressor in the first two rounds with his effective 1-2 combinations but Brendan also showed some activity to keep the match close.
Paalam, however, appeared to have gassed out in the third round but was still able to throw some combinations just enough to get the nod of four out of five judges./ASC, WDJ