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9-year-old Filipina advances to Asian Games skateboarding final

Delfin Dioquino

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9-year-old Filipina advances to Asian Games skateboarding final

YOUNG ONE. Mazel Paris Alegado represents the Philippines in skateboarding.

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The youngest member of Team Philippines, skateboarder Mazel Paris Alegado, earns her place in the women's park final of the Asian Games

MANILA, Philippines – Nine-year-old Filipina skateboarder Mazel Paris Alegado advanced to the final of the women’s park event of the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China on Sunday, September 24.

The youngest member of Team Philippines, Alegado finished seventh in the qualification with a best score of 56.96 points to earn her place in the eight-woman finale set on Monday at the Qiantang Roller Sports Centre.

Alegado posted 44.86 points in her first run before she hiked her score to 56.96 in her second run.

Japan’s Hinano Kusaki topped the qualification with 78.06 points followed by China’s Mao Jiasi (77.06) and Japan’s Mei Sugawara (75.33).

Alegado is based in the United States.

She is part of the Philippines’ five-skateboarder crew that includes Margielyn Didal, who will try to defend her women’s street crown starting on Tuesday, September 26.

Also representing the country in skateboarding are Jericho Jojit Francisco (men’s park) and Renzo Mark Feliciano and Motic Panugalinog (men’s street). –

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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.