by Waylon Galvez
Skateboarder Margielyn Didal, gold medal winner in the last Asian Games, is scheduled to compete in three more world championships in hopes to earn more points for her to get to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines, Inc. (SRSAPI) president Monty Mendigoria said that Didal would continue to compete in various Street League Skateboarding World Championships this year.
“We still have three World Championships to go,” Mendigoria told The Bulletin Monday in a message.
Mendigoria said the next SLS World Championships is in September in Mexico, followed by another one in China later this year, and the last one would possibly be held in Japan early next year.
Didal placed fifth overall in the SLS World Championships in Los Angeles after compiling 21.7 points. Brazil’s Rayssa Leal topped the event with 23.2 points, while compatriot Pamela Rosa placed second with 22.28 points, and Alana Smith of the US came in third with 22.5 points.
Didal finished behind fourth placer Aori Nishimura of Japan with 22.1 points.
Mendigoria said the fifth place finish of Didal “gave her a comfortable spot” in ranking of skateboarders aiming to compete in the Tokyo Olympics although the skateboarder “needs to maintain a Top 16 standing” until May 2020.
“It’s not yet final. After the world championships, she’ll still go to the qualifiers,” Mendigoria said.