Asian Games: POC president hails Didal's 'daredevil performance'

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 29 2018 04:20 PM

Margielyn Didal of the Philippines competes in the women's street skateboard finals at JSC SkateBoard Stadium in Palembang, Indonesia. Edgar Su, Reuters

JAKARTA -- Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas on Wednesday heaped praise upon skateboarding sensation Margie Didal, who produced the Philippines’ fourth gold medal of the 2018 Asian Games.

The 19-year-old from Cebu was untouchable in the women’s street event of skateboarding, finishing with an average score of 30.4.

Her closest pursuer, Japan’s Isa Kaya, was a far second at 25.0, while Indonesia’s Bunga Nyimas got a score of 19.8 for the bronze medal.

“We are ecstatic about Margie Didal’s victory,” Vargas said. “It’s my first time to watch a skateboard competition, and it’s breathtaking!”

“Thank you, Margie, you did us all proud with your daredevil performance,” he added.

“I hope our remaining athletes draw inspiration from her and our other medalists,” Vargas also said.

With Didal’s victory, Filipina athletes have now produced all four of the gold medals for the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games. Hidilyn Diaz claimed the country’s first gold in weightlifting, and the women’s golf team headlined by Yuka Saso secured the individual and team golds in their event.

This is already the best performance by a Philippine delegation since the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, where they also won four gold medals.

“I am very proud of our athletes’ performance in the Asian Games,” said chef-de-mission Richard Gomez, who ahead of the Asiad had simply hoped that the Philippines can better its one-gold output from Incheon four years ago.

“My wish is for the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to focus on developing our national team and the national pool, because I know that we can do better than what we have achieved this time,” he added.

“This should be a prelude for the coming Southeast Asian Games,” Gomez also stressed.

The Philippines still have medal hopes in judo and boxing as the Asiad in Jakarta and Palembang enters its final week. 

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