Olympics: Skateboarder Didal finishes 7th in women’s street final

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Posted at Jul 26 2021 12:40 PM | Updated as of Jul 26 2021 02:03 PM

Olympics: Skateboarder Didal finishes 7th in women’s street final 1
Didal scored 7.52 points after she botched her last 3 tricks, ahead of last-placer Aori Nishimura (6.92) of Japan. Toby Melville, Reuters

The Philippines' Margielyn Didal finished in 7th place in the women’s street final in Olympic skateboarding in Tokyo on Monday. 

Didal scored 7.52 points after she botched her last 3 tricks Ariake Skate Park, ahead of last-placer Aori Nishimura (6.92) of Japan, the world No. 3.

Momiji Nishiya and Funa Nakayama made it a gold-bronze finish for Japan, while Brazil’s Rayssa Leal, a 13-year-old like Nishiya, took the silver. 

Didal was the life of the party during the qualifying round on Monday morning, where she competed with 19 of the best skaters in the world. 

Only the Top 8 advanced to the finals.

Didal was in third place after her heat, having compiled a score of 12.02. She recovered from a slow start in the run program with three strong tricks, including a tre flip in her last attempt, to give herself a chance to advance.

She dropped to fifth after the third heat, thanks to a spectacular show by Nakayama and 13-year-old Nishiya who took the top 2 spots with scores of 15.77 and 15.40, respectively.

Brazil's 13-year-old Leal came in third place with a score of 14.91, followed by Roos Zwetsloot of the Netherlands with a score of 13.48.

Nishimura was fifth (12.82) followed by China's Wenhui Zeng (12.31).

Alexis Sablone of the United States rounded up the qualifiers with a score of 11.77.

Shockingly missing the cut was top-ranked skater Pamela Rosa of Brazil, who faltered in the tricks and scored 10.06.

Prior to her stint in the Olympics, Didal had won gold in the 2018 Asian Games and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. — With a report by Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

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