by JONAS TERRADO
TAGAYTAY CITY — Margielyn Didal and Daniel Ledermann gave the Philippines a golden sweep of the Game of Skate event of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Sigtuna Hall of the Tagaytay International Convention Center here.
Didal outclassed Christiana Means in an all-Filipino final to rule the women’s division while Ledermann edged 12-year-old Basral Hutomo of Indonesia to win the men’s division in the first event of the skateboarding competitions.
The win put Didal halfway to completing a double gold when she competes in the street event which will be held the newly-built skatepark located a few meters away.
It was another golden perfornance for Didal, who became a fixture of the local sporting scene when she won gold in last year’s Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia.
Means settled for silver after failing to match Didal’s array of moves, including the clinching ollie body/varial.
Ledermann, on the other hand, had to overcome the challenge of Hutomo, who forced him to drop two letters of the game similar to the rules of HORSE in basketball.
He later took command before sealing the win with a laser flip which Hutomo couldn’t perform.
Ledermann celebrated his win before approaching Hutomo, who was later lifted by other skaters in a good-natured gesture of sportsmanship.