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Time fetes Didal

Gold medallist Margielyn Didal of the Philippines celebrates as silver medallist Japan's Kaya Isa (L) and bronze medallist Indonesia's Bunga Nyimas (R) look on during the awards ceremony for the women's skateboard street event during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

By Kristel Satumbaga

This one is worthy of another gold medal.

The status of Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal was further embellished after being named as one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Teens for 2018.

The 19-year-old Cebu City native joined the list compiled and chosen by the respected newsmagazine from various fields based from their achievements, global impact through social media and their ability to drive news.

Also in the list are Hollywood celebrities Millie Bobby Brown and Storm Reid.

Didal’s golden victory in the Asian Games last August not only put the country in the international skateboarding map but also put the sport in a spotlight.

“We didn’t have a skating park where I grew up,” Didal said in an interview with TIME Magazine.

Days after her triumph, Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña pledged to build a new dedicated skate park in her honor.

One of five siblings, Didal said she aims to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where skateboarding will be included as an athletic event for the first time.

“I want to build a new generation of skaters for the future,” said Didal.

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