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Gold medallist Margielyn Didal of the Philippines (Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Gold medallist Margielyn Didal of the Philippines (Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

by Ernest Hernandez

Margie Didal bagged the fourth gold medal for the Philippines at the 2018 Asian Games in women’s skateboarding, a feat which she achieved admittedly with heavy expectations for skateboarders not only in the Philippines but the world.

“Sobrang laki. Hindi lang sa Asia, Pinas – sa buong mundo,” Didal emphatically said after winning the gold medal.

The 19-year-old dominated the competition with an average score of 30.4 with her nearest counterpart from Japan only able to score 25. Didal achieved that even with an injured ankle.

“Kailangan ko lang mag-ankle brace kasi naglo-loose ang paa,” said Didal who said she suffered the same injury back in 2016.

Through the years, Didal has suffered various kinds of injuries. This included a broken tooth and a fractured collarbone in the seven years she has been performing the sport.

Looking ahead, Didal hopes to compete in more future events and hopefully get a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“Madami pa. Kuha po muna tayo ng ticket for Olympics. Bibili rin po ako ng ticket para sa US for an all-girl skate event. Malaki din iyon,” she said.

For her feat, Didal will receive cash prizes roughly worth P6 million. She plans to put her earnings in their family business.

“For family business. Hindi sa lahat ng panahon nakaka-skate ako. So better magtayo ng business din po,” said Didal.

She added that her achievement will dash the negative perception on skateboarding and hopefully be accepted now as a legitimate sport.

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