Didal maintained her number 13 in the women’s street category despite missing a final spot at the Street World Championships in Rome last week, well within the top 20 line. (File Photo: Margielyn Didal / Facebook)
MANILA – Skateboarder Margielyn Didal became the tenth Filipino athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after World Skate, the international sports association for skateboarding and other roller sports, published the latest world rankings.
Didal maintained her number 13 in the women’s street category despite missing a final spot at the Street World Championships in Rome last week, well within the top 20 line.
The Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines, or simply Skate Pilipinas, was the first to spread the word on the Saturday after Didal’s stay in the semifinals of the event.
The reigning champion of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) is the only woman from the Asean region who has directly qualified via the world rankings for the women’s street tournament of the first Olympic skateboarding event.
Didal, also the reigning champion of the Asian Games, will face three Japanese skaters, including number three in the world, Aori Nishimura and number five in the world, Momiji Nishiya.
Didal will also face tough competition from Brazil with Pamela Rosa and Rayssa Leal, the two best street skateboarders at the moment, and number four in the world, Leticia Bufoni.
Barring sudden adjustments as Japan is currently experiencing a surge in coronavirus disease cases in 2019, the Olympic street skateboarding event is scheduled for July 25-26.