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Hobbling Margielyn Didal stumbles in Asian Games title defense

Delfin Dioquino

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Hobbling Margielyn Didal stumbles in Asian Games title defense

HURT. Filipina skateboarder Margielyn Didal falls during the women's street final in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

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An ankle injury hampers Margielyn Didal from landing the tricks she usually makes as the Philippine skateboarding star fails to replicate her Asian Games triumph in 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Skateboarding star Margielyn Didal fell flat in her title-retention bid in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China and finished at eighth and last place in the women’s street final on Wednesday, September 27.

An ankle injury hampered Didal from landing the tricks she usually makes as she failed to win a medal, much less replicate her triumph in the 2018 edition in Jakarta, Indonesia.

She finished with a best score of 23.39 points in the runs portion and then bungled her chance to raise her tally after a series of stumbles in the tricks phase.

Although hobbling, the Cebuana tried to push through in the tricks round with hopes of improving her standing but to no avail.

Didal – who fractured her left ankle a year ago in Brazil – appeared to hurt her right arm after an unsuccessful second trick attempt then fell hard in her third try before she decided to skip the rest of the stage.

China secured the two highest podium spots as Cui Chenxi bagged gold with 242.62 points, while Zeng Wenhui clinched silver with 236.61 points.

Despite being the third youngest competitor in the final, the 13-year-old Cui stamped her class with best scores of 79.14 points in the runs and 80.31 and 83.17 in the tricks.

Japan’s Miyu Ito copped bronze with 221.59 points. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.