Olympics: Margielyn Didal ends historic skate event in 7th place

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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 26:  Margielyn Didal of Team Philippines celebrates while competing during the Women's Street Prelims Heat 2 on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 26: Margielyn Didal of Team Philippines celebrates while competing during the Women's Street Prelims Heat 2 on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Urban Sports Park on July 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Filipina sensation Margielyn Didal delivered a spirited performance at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as she capped off her campaign in the inaugural women's street skateboarding event in seventh place on Monday (July 26).

Didal, who sustained an apparent ankle sprain in the final round, managed to rack up 4.55 points in the two initial runs before collecting 2.97 in the tricks section to wind up with a total output of 7.52.

The 2018 Asian Games gold medalist held steady through the runs portion with sharp and clean passes, but flirted with disaster while executing her stunts as she only landed one out of her five tricks.

It also did not help Didal's cause that she tweaked her ankle on the fourth trick. Still, she withstood the pain and evaded finishing dead last in a field of eight.

Didal may have not clinched a medal, but she became an instant crowd favorite at the Ariake Urban Sports Park. After all, even when she struggled and failed, the Cebu native always wore a huge smile on her face, putting an emphasis on fun amid the competitive nature of the Summer Games.

A pair of 13-year-old skaters reigned over the competition after the one-two finish of Momiji Nishiya of Japan and Rayssa Leal of Brazil. Nishiya took home the historic gold with 15.26 points, while Leal settled for silver with a score of 14.64. Despite leading the preliminaries, Funa Nakayama of Japan ended up with bronze with 14.49 points.

Finishing ahead of Didal were Alexis Sablone of America (13.57), Roos Zwetsloot of the Netherlands (11.26), and Wenhui Zeng of China (7.52).

Aori Nishimura finished in last place with 6.92 points behind Didal, who also came in seventh place at the end of the preliminaries earlier in the day. 

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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