Fri. Dec 1st, 2023

Margielyn Arda Didal — INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sidelined by a gimpy ankle over a yr in the past, Margielyn Didal stays a piece in progress so far as revitalizing her drive to maintain the Asian Video games (Asiad) title is anxious.

The fearless Cebuano skateboard warrior went underneath the knife to restore a fractured left foot, and is progressively working her approach again into the groove to be in tip-top kind to defend the ladies’s road occasion diadem.

“As of now, I’m nonetheless targeted on my restoration whereas constructing my confidence once more to get comfy with my board,” stated Didal, designated because the nation’s feminine flag-bearer within the opening ceremony of the nineteenth Asiad right here at Hangzhou Olympic Sports activities Middle Stadium on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Didal, who arrived with the four-athlete skateboarding staff on Wednesday, harm her ankle badly throughout the Purple Bull Skate Ranges final yr in Brazil.

Since then, it took a very long time earlier than Didal rode her board once more to jumpstart her bid within the continental meet that served because the springboard of her sudden rise to prominence again in 2018 in Indonesia.

“It was 11 months since I used to be compelled to cease. We skilled in Thailand earlier than coming right here, so we’ll see the way it feels,” stated Didal.

Didal’s gold contributed to that “girls energy” within the 2018 Asian Video games the place Staff Philippines collected 4 golds, together with the person victories of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfer Yuka Saso, who additionally led the ladies’s staff to triumph together with Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go.

After Didal’s instantaneous fame got here within the Asiad, she grew to become a byword in Philippine skateboarding and pocketed two extra golds throughout the Philippine internet hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Video games held in Tagaytay Metropolis.

Didal joined Christiana Means as the primary Filipino girls skateboarder to compete within the Road League Skateboarding Championships in 2019 Rio De Janeiro.

Every thing appeared to work out simply fantastic with Didal carrying the nationwide colours once more within the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the place she positioned seventh general within the medal spherical earlier than tragedy struck final yr.

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“My objective right here is to make the finals. From there, I’ll attempt to get to the rostrum,” promised Didal, who will see motion on Sept. 27.

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