By Niel Victor C. Masoy/The Manila Times

Filipino skateboarder Margielyn Didal has officially qualified for the Tokyo Olympics slated from July 23 to August 8.

On Wednesday, World Skate announced the list of skateboarders that will compete in the Tokyo Games, including the 22-year-old Didal.

Didal actually dropped to No. 17 with 31,250 points in the Olympic women's street skateboarding rankings after a 17th place finish in the Street Skateboarding World Championships on June 4 (Philippine time) in Rome, Italy.

At No. 17, the 2018 Asian Games gold medalist and 2019 Southeast Asian Games double gold medalist from Cebu would have missed the cut for the Olympics as only the top 16 are to qualify.

However, each country is only allotted to field three players in Tokyo and with Brazil having six skateboarders in the top 16, three of the Brazilians will not be competing in the Olympics.

Margielyn Didal FILE PHOTO
Margielyn Didal FILE PHOTO

This moved Didal up in the Olympic rankings.

Last Saturday, the Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines, simply known as Skate Pilipinas, announced in a Facebook post Didal's impending Olympic qualification.

Didal became the 10th Filipino athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, joining boxers Eumir Marcial, Carlo Paalam, Nesthy Petecio, and Irish Magno; weightlifter and Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, rower Cris Nievarez, gymnast Carlos Yulo, and taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa.

The three Brazilians ousted from the top 16 Olympic list were Virginia Aguas, Gabriella Mazetto and Isabelly Silva. They were replaced by Didal, No. 19 Alana Smith of the US and No. 21 Wenhui Zeng of China.

Japanese Rizu Akama, who is ranked 18th, also did not advance as Japan already has three skateboarders inside the top 16.

American Poe Pinson is at No. 20, but did not qualify as well for the same reason.

Other than the top 16 in the rankings, the top 3 in the World Championships and a skateboarder from Japan, an incentive for the host country, are given berths for the Olympics. The Japan Skateboarding Federation will likely award that bonus slot to Akama.