MARGIELYN Didal finished seventh in the final of the women’s street skateboarding event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday at the Ariake Park.
The 22-year-old scored 7.52 in the final in skateboarding’s debut in the Olympic Games.
She was seventh among eight who advanced from the 20 competitors in the preliminaries earlier Monday.
It was a fine finish for Didal, who came into the tournament ranked No. 17 in the world.
Momiji Nishiya of Japan, at age 13, captured the Olympic gold on Monday when she tallied 15.26 from the best four scores in the two runs and five tricks.
Raysaa Leal of Brazil, also 13, placed second with 14.64 to take the silver, while Funa Nakayama of Japan settled for the bronze with a score of 14.49.
The Philippine bet scored 2.33 and 2.22 in her 45-second runs, but only executed one out of the possible five tricks where she scored 2.97.
Didal fell in her final trick of the competition but displayed a positive attitude in the end, showing her infectious smile to the cameras and a few spectators at the venue.
On her way to the final, Didal placed seventh in the qualifiers, getting past medal contenders and Brazilians Leticia Bufoni and world No. 1 Pamela Rosa.
“Whatever the result is, proud to be Filipino,” said Didal in a video posted by SkatePilipinas Facebook shortly after advancing to the finals.
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