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Didal in contention in Rome

File photo: Margielyn Didal poses for a portrait in Cebu City, Philippines on October 22, 2019 (Nina Sandejas / Red Bull Content Pool)

Margielyn Arda Didal overcame a sluggish start and joined 26 other aspirants in the semifinal round of the Street Skateboarding World Championships—a Tokyo Olympics qualifier—on Thursday in Rome, Italy.

Didal scored a terrible 8.28 points in the opening run but redeemed herself with 19.00 points in the second run to end up at No. 17 on the semifinals list.

Yumeka Oda (40.22) and Momiji Nishiya (34.11) made it 1-2 for Japan in the qualifying round with Root Zwetsloot (33.00) finishing third.

The top eight in the semifinals on Friday will advance to Monday’s finals were the top three will earn tickets to the Olympics.

Didal also needs to keep her No. 13 ranking to be make it to Tokyo were the world’s top 16 will earn automatic qualification.

A gold medalist in the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games and 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Didal is coming off a semifinal finish in the Dew Tour in Des Moines, Iowa, last month. 

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