Filipina Olympian skateboarder Margielyn Didal arrived in Manila Wednesday night following her stint in Tokyo, where she became a fan favorite because of her good-vibes demeanor despite her loss.
Didal, who was on the same Philippine Airlines flight that brought home Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz, arrived in a wheelchair as she suffered an awkward fall during competition at Ariake Skate Park in Tokyo. Also on the same flight was weightlifter Elreen Ando.
But this didn't dampen Didal's cheerful spirit and was game for a short statement upon arrival at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
"Thank you for the love and support and maraming, maraming salamat sa lahat," she said.
Didal, who finished seventh in the women's street event, became an entertaining cheerleader at Ariake Skate Park, delighting skateboarding fans from different nations.
Ando will be joining Didal and Diaz for a 7-day quarantine, as prescribed by Olympic COVID protocols before heading to their respective hometowns.
Ando made her Olympic debut in the women's 64-kilogram category.
She hoisted a total lift of 222 kilograms, which was heavier than the 218kg lift she did in her silver finish in the Asian Weightlifting Championships last April.
Ando, however, was bested by her competitors and ended up 7th.
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