Despite being cooped up in locked-down Cebu City, Cebuano skateboarders led by 2019 Southeast Asian Games double gold medalist Margielyn Arda Didal took the international spotlight on Friday after sweeping the men’s and women’s divisions of the 2020 Asian Skateboarding Championship Lockdown 5 online competition.
Vying against more than 160 entries from 24 countries, Olympic hopeful Didal performed her tricks just outside her house and topped the field of 13 skateboarders with a score of 8.00 points, the ASC reported on its Facebook page.
The 2018 Asian Games gold medalist beat Japan’s Yurin Fujii (7.50) and Thai Orapan Tongkong (7.46), who placed second and third, respectively.
Hometown competitor Manoc Panugalinog, who also saw action outside his house, was likewise in splendid form in capturing top spot in the men’s category with a tally of 8.92 points.
Panugalinog bested Indonesia’s Basral Hutomo and Oman’s Firas Al Hinnai, who shared second place with 8.34 points each.
The skateboarders submitted videos of their performances from their respective countries to the ASC that was judged by the Asian skateboarding body’s panel of judges to determine the winners.
Both Didal and Panugalinog each received $250 apiece for their winning efforts.
Since flying home from competing and training overseas in mid-March, Didal has been in Cebu City for more than three months now, launching a food delivery business a few days ago to augment the family income.
“Si Mama ang nagluluto,” said Didal, currently ranked No. 14 in the World Skate Olympic qualifying rankings, of the simple menu composed of humba (marinated pork) with egg, dynamite with homemade sauce, spicy shrimps and the specialty of the house, kwekwek (deep-fried quail eggs).
She named her small online enterprise “HungrySk8rs,” posting the poster and its contact numbers on her FB page.
Didal bared that she herself delivers the food on her scooter, “because I only have the driver’s license in my family. Although I might look for riders to help me out.”
To try to keep in competitive shape in her spare time, Didal said she asked her father to build a bench outside their home where she can perform her routines.
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