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Margielyn Didal meets skateboarding icon Tony Hawk in Olympic buildup

Delfin Dioquino

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Margielyn Didal meets skateboarding icon Tony Hawk in Olympic buildup

LEGEND. Margielyn Didal poses for a photo with skateboarding great Tony Hawk.

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Margielyn Didal runs into skateboarding legend Tony Hawk just days before she competes in women's street in the Tokyo Olympics

Filipina skateboarder Margielyn Didal got to meet a legend in the sport as she wraps up her final preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

Didal ran into skateboarding icon Tony Hawks at the Ariake Sports Park, days before she competes in women’s street on Monday, July 26.

The energetic Cebuana posted a photo with Hawk and wrote a playful caption in her social media accounts.

“This guy asked me to take a photo with him and I let him because he looks like Tony Hawk,” Didal quipped in her Facebook page.

A legend in skateboarding, Hawk is in the Olympics to serve as a commentator for the sport, which is making its debut at the Games.

Hawk, although already retired, put the Ariake Sports Park to test and showed off some of the moves that made him one of the most renowned skateboarders in the world.

The 53-year-old said he never imagined that skateboarding will become an official Olympic sport.

“It’s surreal to now be in Tokyo bearing witness to this milestone in the most unprecedented circumstances,” Hawk wrote on Instagram.

“I know in the end it will help to grow skateboarding’s profile internationally, exposing our passion to an audience that has never seen it before or simply refused to embrace it.”

With Hawk in attendance, Didal seeks to replicate her success in the previous Asian Games, where she won a gold medal, as she guns for the top prize in Tokyo.

The Tokyo skateboarding courses – both for the street and park competitions – will be considerably larger than a typical qualifying or world championship course.

But the courses are still small enough for athletes to utilize all obstacles and execute their planned runs.

Didal and all street participants will take two 45-second runs and perform five tricks. –

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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.