Filipino Olympians: 5 facts to know about skateboarder Margielyn Didal

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Gold medalist Philippines' Margielyn Didal poses during the awarding ceremony of the street event finals of skateboarding at the 30th South East Asian Games in Tagaytay City, Cavite Province, Philippines, on Saturday, December 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jijo de Guzman)
Filipino skateboarder Margielyn Didal. (AP Photo/Jijo de Guzman)
  • Margielyn Didal is the top skateboarder in the Philippines.

Philippines' Margielyn Didal jumps during the street event finals of skateboarding at the 30th South East Asian Games in Tagaytay City, Cavite Province, Philippines, on Saturday, December 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jijo de Guzman)
Filipino skateboarder Margielyn Didal. (AP Photo/Jijo de Guzman)
  • The 21-year-old Cebuana was placed 13th in the women’s street skateboarding world rankings to book a spot in the Tokyo Olympics.

Filipino skateboarder Margielyn Didal. (Photo: Margielyn Didal/Facebook)
Filipino skateboarder Margielyn Didal. (Photo: Margielyn Didal/Facebook)
  • She is the lone representative of the Philippines in skateboarding at the quadrennial Games, which is introducing the sport for the first time in its history.

Philippines' Margielyn Didal navigates the rails during the street event finals of skateboarding at the 30th South East Asian Games in Tagaytay City, Cavite Province, Philippines, on Saturday, December 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jijo de Guzman)
Filipino skateboarder Margielyn Didal. (AP Photo/Jijo de Guzman)
  • She took part in the 2018 X Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota, making her the first Philippine-born competitor in the event.

Gold medalist Philippines' Margielyn Didal, center, poses with silver medalist Philippines' Christiana Means, left, and bronze medalist Indonesia's Kyandra Susanto during the awarding ceremony of the street event finals of skateboarding at the 30th South East Asian Games in Tagaytay City, Cavite Province, Philippines, on Saturday, December 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jijo de Guzman)
Filipino skateboarder Margielyn Didal (centre). (AP Photo/Jijo de Guzman)
  • She has three gold medals to her name – the 2018 Asian Games gold, and two from the Game of Skate and Street Skateboarding events in the 30th SEA Games in 2019.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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