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Margielyn Didal places 7th in women's skateboarding, Japan goes 1-3

Despite hurting herself midway into the final, Margielyn Didal put up a tough fight. Red Bull (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Margielyn Didal settled for the seventh spot in the final of the Tokyo Olympics women's street skateboarding event on Monday at the Ariake Skateboarding Park in the Japanese capital.

The Cebuana skateboarding standout had a decent stint in the two runs, scoring 2.33 and 2.22 points, respectively.

However, she only completed one trick out of five in the second part of the medal round, only earning her 2.97 points for a total of 7.52.

She even appeared to be limping after her first trick, but she continued on and even gave smiles to everyone watching in the skating park.

Didal's ranking was a huge improvement from her pre-tournament seed as she entered the event 17th in the world.

Meanwhile, Japan got a 1-3 finish in the street skateboarding final with Momiji Nishiya leading the way.

The 13-year-old Nishiya won the gold after nailing her last three tricks to finish with 15.26 points.

Funa Nakayama had a chance to steal the gold from her compatriot, but she missed her final trick and settled for the bronze with 14.49 points.

Rayssa Leal of Brazil, also aged 13, took the silver with 14.64 points, also missing in her final trick that could have won it for her.

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