Top Philippine skateboarder Margielyn Didal can finally breathe a sign of relief as she officially clinched a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth on Thursday, June 10.
Didal – the 10th Tokyo 2020-bound Filipino athlete – was included in World Skate's announcement of the top 20 skateboarders who will compete in the quadrennial meet's women's street event.
The 21-year-old Cebuana failed to directly qualify in the 2021 World Street Skateboarding Championships in Rome, Italy after falling short of a finals berth.
But Skate Pilipinas announced that Didal is assured of a slot in the Tokyo Olympics via world rankings.
The 2018 Asian Games gold medalist ranked 13th in the world in the women's street event.
Didal joins nine other Filipinos – pole vaulter EJ Obiena, world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo, weightlifting star and 2016 Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, boxers Eumir Marcial, Irish Magno, Nesthy Petecio, and Carlo Paalam, rower Cris Nievarez, and taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa – in the country's Olympic delegation.
Skateboarding will be making its debut in the biggest global sports showpiece which will be staged from July 23 to August 8 in Tokyo, Japan. – Rappler.com
More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.