Didal finishes 5th in world skate tour

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 31, 2019   •   1246

Margielyn Arda Didal finished in 5th place at the 2019 Street League Skateboarding World Tour in Los Angeles, California.

This is the highest finish by a Filipino national. Didal accumulated a total of 21.7 points which makes her closer into qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

11-year-old sensation Rayssa Leal from Brazil ranked first in the competition for scoring 23.3. Pamela Rosa, also from Brazil, finished second with 22.8 while American Alana Smith landed in third place, scoring 22.5 points.—AAC

Inoue lets Donaire borrow Muhammad Ali trophy for his sons

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2019

Naoya Inoue (L) of Japan lets Filipino-American boxer Nonito Donaire (R) borrow the Muhammad Ali trophy for his sons after the latter bowed to the Japanese by unanimous decision on Thursday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.  (Photo: World Boxing Super Series Instagram Account)

After winning the bantamweight championship of the World Boxing Super Series, Naoya Inoue lets Nonito Donaire borrow Muhammad Ali trophy in order to fulfill a promise to his sons.

In his Facebook post, Donaire said he promised his sons that he would take home the trophy if he wins his fight against Inoue for the bantamweight championship on Thursday (November 7) at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

But Inoue won by unanimous decision and is set to take home the championship.

“I humbly asked Inoue to borrow it for a night, not for me but for my word. It’ll be a life lesson my boys will soon learn,” Donaire said in his post.

“It’ll pain them to see my face. They’ll kiss my wounds. They’ll see a trophy we don’t get to take home and understand what it means to want to train harder,” he added.—AAC

Didal wins back-to-back victories in California skateboarding events

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 5, 2019

Margielyn Didal continues to climb her way to the Southeast Asian Games and the Olympics after bagging two back-to-back victories in skateboarding events in California.

Didal has been the champion for two consecutive years at the Exposure All Women’s Skateboarding Championship held at Huntington Beach.

She also dominated at the best trick in the 11th Annual Ladies Day at The Berrics in Los Angeles, California.

Didal will head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the OI STU Open-street/Park Skateboarding set on November 11 to 17.—AAC

Samantha Catantan wins gold medal in Asian Fencing Championship

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

Samantha Catantan

Philippine bet Samantha Catantan bagged the gold medal at the Asian U23 Fencing Championships Women’s Individual Foil competition on Thursday (October 24) in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 17-year-old secured first place after defeating Choi Yu Min of South Korea, 15-9.

This is the country’s first Women’s individual gold medal in the Asian Under-23 Fencing Championship.

In 2017, Catantan won the silver medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.—AAC

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