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'No one is having more fun here': Margielyn Didal wins hearts of Olympic fans

By CHUCK SMITH Published Jul 26, 2021 10:09 pm Updated Aug 04, 2021 10:26 pm

Skateboarder Margielyn Didal may have fallen short of her Olympic campaign in Tokyo, but her infectiously vibrant personality still made an indelible mark on the world stage. 

Didal landed at seventh place at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, July 26, at the finals of the women's street event. But for the reception of fans and viewers from the Philippines after her event, she has won the hearts of Filipino with electrifying smile and energy.

Didal landed in the top trending topics of Twitter, with netizens noting how it seemed she had fun during her event despite her tumbles in four out of her five tricks. 

"Paano ma-achieve energy and positivity ni mareng Margielyn Didal," one Twitter user said. 

"No one is having more fun here than the Philippines' Margielyn Didal," one sports reporter noted.

"Margielyn Didal personified everything great about what skateboarding is bringing to the Olympics today. Took some heavy falls in the final and was clearly in pain but got up smiling after every one, and was dishing out hugs and cheers to her opponents until the end," said another.

Local sportscaster Boom Gonzalez also gave props to 22-year-old Cebu native.

Even the Olympics' official Twitter account noticed, saying Didal's smile-and-thumbs combo, which she managed to whip out  after two straight falls, was the "Margielyn Didal seal approval."

Didal even earned a number of Brazilian fans, after she struck a seeming friendship with Brazil's Rayssa Leal, who won silver. Didal and Leal have been shown to share a hug during the competition and even recorded a TikTok dance video.

To top it all off, Didal even reportedly got major press coverage in Brazil.

As of the moment, the comments section of Didal's Instagram page is being flooded with Brazilian flags.

Aside from Brazil, Didal also got some love from Japan.