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Margielyn Didal bags Asia Skater of the Year award

Beatrice Go

INFLUENCE. Margielyn Didal continues to reach out to her fans and spread the sport across Asia.

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Margielyn Didal adds the Asia Skate Awards to her growing list of accolades

Top Philippine skateboarder Margielyn Didal continues to make waves around the continent as she picked up the top award in the 2020 Asia Skate Awards.

The 2018 Asian Games and double Southeast Asian (SEA) Games gold medalist was named the inaugural Women’s Asia Skater of the Year.

Didal pocked $1,500 from winning the highest honor and an additional $300 for also topping the Style for Miles and Fastest Feet in the East categories.

The Cebuana native is one of the country’s leading contenders for a Tokyo Olympics berth.

Didal is virtually qualified for the quadrennial meet as she ranks No. 14 out of the top 20 skateboarders who will see action in Tokyo.

Only the top 16 in the world rankings will earn Olympic berths along with the top 3 winners in the World Championships and 1 from host Japan.

The 21-year-old star was supposed to fly to Peru to resume her Olympic qualifying bid in the year-opening qualifier, but the event was eventually canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Didal has been training in her hometown in Cebu since the lockdown last March 2020, but was now able to get national team members Cindy Serna and Mak Feliciano to skate with her in the newly completed training facility. ([PODCAST] Targeting Tokyo: Margielyn Didal)

Other significant honors awarded to Didal include TIME’s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018 and the 2020 Forbes Asia ’30 under 30′ list for sports and entertainment. – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine 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.