Filipina bets Margielyn Didal and Oregon-based Christiana Means placed did just enough for a respectable finish in the World Championship of Skateboarding in the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) PRO Championships in Rio Janeiro, Brazil.
Didal, the Asian Games champion from Cebu, placed 14th while Means ranked 22nd among 54 participants in the semifinal round of the world’s biggest skateboarding competition in the world.
Monty Mendigoria, president of the Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines, said it was a decent finish for the two who competed for points in the hunt for slots in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“As we have said, this is just the first ranking competition of World Skate and the reason why our athletes competed was to gain points and to establish their world ranking. Our target here is to get a slot in the Olympic qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Games.”
Aori Nishimura of Japan topped the competition against the Brazil’s number one whom she defeated in the head-to-head final. Nishimura outperformed the rest of the tough field that included also Mariah Duran, Lacey Baker, Leticia Bufoni andPamela Rosa in winning her first world trophy.
Nyjah Huston of USA ruled the men’s division.
Didal has a big chance of making it to the Olympics if she consistently performs in the next three qualifiers that would bring the top 20 finishers in each category to Tokyo.
A total of 80 skateboarders will see action in the Olympics with the top 20 competing in the women’s park, women’s street, men’s park and men’s street.