Skate Park Olympics Debut Becomes Teenage Fight With Japanese Women’s Victory

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Young skaters from Japan and the United Kingdom won the women’s skate park competition at the Tokyo Games this Wednesday, with domestic competitors Sakura Yosozumi and Kokona Hiraki winning gold and silver, while British Sky Brown took bronze. .

In the thrilling final, 19-year-old Yosozumi took two 540s in her impressive debut appearance, earning a high score of 60.09 to reach first place.

Wednesday’s result means Japan has won three out of four gold medals so far in skateboarding’s Olympic debut. The men’s park competition, the last skateboarding competition in Tokyo, will take place on Thursday.

The other Japanese skater, 12-year-old Hiraaki, also performed well throughout the competition day, beating 13-year-old British woman Brown, who was the favorite to win the competition.

With her silver medal, Hiraaki became the youngest Japanese medalist ever, national media reported, surpassing a record set a few days earlier by fellow skater Momiji Nishiya, a 13-year-old girl who won the week’s medal tally. Won gold medal in street competition. Last, ahead of Brazilian Rayssa Leal, also 13 years old.

Brazil, who also won the silver medal with Kelvin Höffler in the road category, graded two skaters for the park’s final. Dora Varela and Yandiyara Asp finished seventh and eighth respectively. Dora scored 40.42 and Yandiyara scored 37.34.

“It was the wildest lap of my life. It was a very crazy feeling. Before the competition I tried to focus on breathing to calm down, but still the anxiety hit. I went out and took my first lap. According to a note on Time Brasil’s website, Dora said, “I was very relieved. The last maneuver I didn’t even train for was the best day of my life.”

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