Japan’s Nishiya, 13, Becomes One Of Youngest Gold Medal Winners In Olympic History 

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Japan’s Momiji Nishiya celebrates after performing a trick through the skateboarding girls’s road remaining of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Sports Park in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. PHOTO: Jeff PACHOUD / AFP

 

Japan’s Momiji Nishiya turned one of many youngest particular person Olympic champions in historical past when she gained the inaugural girls’s skateboarding gold on the age of 13 years and 330 days on Monday.

Nishiya completed forward of Brazil’s Rayssa Leal — who at 13 years and 203 days might have turn out to be the youngest ever particular person Olympic champion — and Japan’s Funa Nakayama, 16.

Nishiya starred within the tips part to attain 15.26 and provides the hosts a clear sweep of the road self-discipline as skateboarding makes its Olympic debut.

Her efficiency mirrored that of Japan teammate Yuto Horigome, who gained the lads’s title with a surprising sequence of tips on Sunday.

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Japan’s Momiji Nishiya poses together with her gold medal through the podium ceremony of the skateboarding girls’s road remaining of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Sports Park in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. PHOTO: Jeff PACHOUD / AFP

 

“I’m so glad to become the youngest (Japanese gold medallist) at my first Olympics… tears came to my eyes,” Nishiya instructed reporters after receiving her medal.

Skaters every have two 45-second runs on the gear and 5 pictures at a one-off trick. Their greatest 4 scores out of the seven make up their remaining whole.

“I was nervous on the first run but I was not nervous later,” Nishiya stated, including that she desires to assert a second gold on the Paris Olympics in 2024.

But first, to rejoice her victory, she’s going to “go and eat at a beef barbeque restaurant”.

Skateboarding is one in all 4 sports activities making their debut in Tokyo, together with browsing, sport climbing and karate as a part of an try to deliver the Olympics to youthful audiences.

US diver Marjorie Gestring stays the youngest particular person Olympic champion after profitable the 3m springboard on the 1936 Berlin Games at 13 years and 268 days.

Philippine finalist Margielyn Didal, 22, missed out on a medal however stated competing in Tokyo was a “really, really big achievement” for her.

Having began skateboarding a decade in the past within the streets of Cebu metropolis, Didal burst onto the scene in 2018 with an Asian Games gold.

Didal stated she would name her dad and mom, a carpenter and a road vendor, to listen to their response.

“I know that they’re proud of me,” she instructed reporters.

AFP

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