Skateboarders Didal, Feliciano make medal round; Eala gains QF

September 26, 2023, 9:16 pm

<p>Alexandra Eala<em> (PSC-POC Media Group)</em></p>

Alexandra Eala (PSC-POC Media Group)

HANGZHOU, China – Skateboarders Margielyn Didal and Renzo Mark Feliciano barged into the women’s and men’s street event medal round in the 19th Asian Games at Qiantang Roller Sports Centre in Zhejiang Province, China on Tuesday.

Didal, the 2018 gold medalist, landed sixth in the preliminary round from 41.53 points in her second and best run and from her first go of 37.86.

On the men’s side, 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Feliciano pulled off 52.73 to take the lead after a 23.10 in the second run.

In men’s basketball, Gilas Pilipinas routed Bahrain, 89-61, to kick off its campaign at the HOC Olympic Stadium.

Justin Brownlee and Ange Kouame presided over a second-quarter breakaway that paved the way for the national team to sit on a 51-33 lead at the break.

Brownlee finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in his first stint in the continental meet, while Kouame came through with 15 in the 28-point victory that put Gilas on top of Pool C along with Jordan, a 97-63 winner over Thailand.

The Gilas Pilipinas women’s team makes its debut against Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

In boxing, Carlo Paalam defeated Jordan’s Mohammad Jajeh Abu, 5-0, in the men’s 57 kg round of 32 at Hangzhou Gymnasium.

Alexandra Eala, meanwhile, survived a marathon first set to beat veteran Rutuja Bhosale of India, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, and advance to the quarters of the women’s tennis singles at Olympic Sports Stadium. (PSC-POC Media Group/PNA)