19-year-old Yuka Saso made history by becoming the first Filipino player to win the U.S. Women’s Open golf championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, USA.
Saso bounced back from two early double bogeys and held off Japan’s Nasa Hataoka in the third hole of a sudden death playoff to win the 76th U-S Women’s Open, the oldest golf tournament.
At 19 years, 11 months and 17 days, Saso tied South Korea’s Park Imbee to the day as the youngest champion at the women’s game’s oldest major.
Meanwhile, the Skateboarding Association of the Philippines (SAP), announced that our very own Filipino skater Margielyn Didal has earned a slot to the Tokyo Olympics.
SAP, the sport’s national governing body, announced the good news ahead of the finals of the Street World Championships 2021 in Rome on Sunday, when those who qualified for the Japan Games are to be confirmed.
Didal despite placing 17th at the end of the semifinals in Rome, still qualified because of her world ranking at No. 13; the top 16 in her event earn Olympic berths.
According to World Skate, the sport’s world governing body, Olympic slots also go to those who finish in the top 3 at the Street Worlds and one for host Japan.
Didal’s placement will make her the 10th Filipino to compete in the quadrennial games, where skateboarding is making its debut this year.
Filipino athletes who earlier qualified for the Olympics are weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, boxers Eumir Marcial, Irish Magno, Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam, gymnast Caloy Yulo, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, taekwondo Jin Kurt Barbosa, and rower Cris Nievarez.
The Tokyo Olympics is set to push through in July following postponement last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The official announcement of qualified skaters will only be released after the World Championships Finals in Rome, but Skate Pilipinas would like to be the first to announce that Didal has earned a slot for the Tokyo Olympics.
This upcoming international multi-sport event is scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.