JAKARTA—Expect Margielyn Didal to inject a dose of energy into the Philippine delegation when the national athletes march in the closing ceremonies of the 2018 Asian Games on Sunday night at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
The 19-year-old skateboarder who won the Philippines’ fourth gold of these Games, was the noisiest fan at the GBK Istora on Friday when the national basketball team demolished Syria, 109-55, to clinch fifth place.
“Kami po ang No. 1 fan nila,” said Didal, whose voice was hoarse from cheering and shouting after just the first half of the game. “Sobrang ingay namin, wala na ang boses ko.”
The Cebuana native arrived in this city a couple of days after her triumph in the women’s street skateboarding event in Palembang, which turned her into a national sensation overnight and put the spotlight on her sport.
All eyes will be on her come Sunday, when she carries the Philippine flag in the closing ceremonies.
“Sobrang honored po ako na ako ‘yung magdadala ng bandila para sa closing ceremonies sa Asian Games,” said Didal. “First time na magkaroon ng skateboarding sa Asian Games, at nakuha natin ang gold medal.”
For Didal, this is another opportunity to highlight her sport, which will be an Olympic event in Tokyo 2020.
“Sobrang happy po ako na nagkaroon ng boses at napansin na ng lahat ang skateboarding,” she said.
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