Filipino skateboarder Margielyn Didal finished in seventh place at the Women’s Street Skateboarding finals in Tokyo Olympics on Monday at Ariake Park Skateboarding.
Philippines' Margielyn Didal is surely having fun as she takes on the Women’s Street #Skateboarding Prelims today. 🛹
📷: Reuters/Toby Melville
— Interaksyon (@interaksyon) July 26, 2021
The 22-year-old Cebuana ranked third in the overall performance in the preliminaries having a score of 12.02, and seventh during finals with a total score of 7.52.
SKATEBOARDING | Margielyn Didal finishes in 7th place in the women's street final.#JPN Nishiya Momiji wins the gold, ahead of #BRA Rayssa Leal and #JPN Nakayama Funa.#LabanPilipinas#PHI #Skateboarding #Tokyo2020
📷📺 TV5 / OBS / One Sports PH pic.twitter.com/6nTe3N48JZ
— Radyo Pilipinas 2 (@RPDos918) July 26, 2021
Both local and international online communities were quick to notice Didal’s carefree and fun attitude as she seems to be really enjoying the competition.
The official Twitter account of Tokyo 2020 Olympics also dubbed her thumbs-up pose as Margielyn’s official “seal of approval.”
This will be known as the "Margielyn Didal seal approval" 🇵🇭🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/tWolMAQykq
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) July 26, 2021
Others found Didal’s positive energy infectious bringing good vibes at the start of the week.
Margielyn Didal’s energy on a Monday morning!✨ lezzzgoow
— joy victor (@joyvictor) July 26, 2021
Some online users praised Didal for handling the competition in an entertaining way despite the heavy pressure.
no one is having more fun here than the Philippines' Margielyn Didal pic.twitter.com/g4qAdxfd1v
— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) July 26, 2021
“It’s her olympic debut but she’s manifesting the core of sports platforms. Sports should be enjoyed by the athletes more than anything else,” Twitter user said.
“She’s just a happy pill. Imagine having fun and making it to the finals in the Olympics at the same time,” another user wrote.
“We all need to be like #MargielynDidal, despite the pressure and difficulties in life, let’s just go with the flow, have fun with it and be positive. Damn, I admire her vibes and outlook. #Tokyo2020 #skateboarding #TeamPhilippines,” Filipino user said.
In a Facebook post uploaded on SkatePilipinas, Didal said she was “hyped” to make it to the finals and whatever the result is, she is proud to be a Filipino.
Nishiya Momiji from Japan won the gold medal for Women’s Street Skateboarding with a total score of 15.26, followed by Rayssa Leal from Brazil who scored 14.64, and Nakayama Funa from Japan with 14.49.