Filipina skateboard sensation Margielyn Didal proved that she belongs with the best of the world but an apparent ankle injury prevented her from making her tricks as she finished at seventh place in the finals of women’s street skateboarding Monday at the Ariake Sports Park in Tokyo.
But it was the helmet-wearing youngest kids who dominated the sport as 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya unleashed the best tricks to be the inaugural gold medalist of the event.
Nishiya scored 15.26 points capped by a sensational big spin front slide in her fourth trick for a 4.66 score.
Prior to that, Nishiya scored another four-pointed with a feeble from the twelve-step Shogun rail in her third trick.
Fellow 13-year old Rayssa Leal of Brazil settled for silver with 14.64 points while 16-year-old Japanese Funa Nakayama got the bronze medal with 14.49.
Didal, who was playing hurt since the preliminary round, got a measly 7.52 points as she converted only one of five tricks after scoring just 4.55 points in her two final runs.
Didal rose up limping after her first front feeble attempt.
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Thereafter, she converted the same trick, scoring 2.97 points. She failed to score on her final three tricks as her injured foot undermined her landing.
Didal though overachieved as the world number 13 managed to enter the elite 8 of the Olympics finals with a preliminary score of 12.02 points.
She even scored higher than two-time world champion Aori Nishimura, who could not score on her renowned half-cab noselide as she was dead last in the finals.
Petecio shocks top seed
Despite Didal’s slip, Team Philippines managed to eke out two boxing wins as reigning AIBA world featherweight champion Nesthy Petecio eked out a 3-2 split decision versus 2018 world champion Lin Yu-Ting of Taiwan in women’s boxing.
It was a difficult fight for Petecio, who is just a win for a sure bronze medal, as she had to negotiate the superior reach and ring antics of her much longer opponent.
Petecio’s first round proved to be crucial as her dynamic head and body attacks neutralized Lin’s reach advantage.
Lin though fought from the distance in the second round but could not land punches from afar as Petecio struggled in her combos, managing to punch a few hits on Lin’s body.
Lin rebounded on the third round, this time landing more blows from afar, but her grappling antics whenever Petecio lunged in could not save Lin the match.
Earlier, flyweight Carlo Paalam won via a 4:1 majority decision against Ireland’s Brendan Irvine in the Round-of-32.
He will next face 2012 Olympian Mohammad Flissi of Algeria on Saturday.
Petecio meanwhile advances to the quarterfinals between 2014 world champion Stanimira Petrova of Bulgaria and upstart Yeni Arias of Colombia.
Later tonight, Rio silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz will attempt to snatch the Philippines first-ever gold in women’s weightlifting 55 kg. division.
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