Australia matches its best Olympic performance with the first-ever gold medal in park skateboarding – our second win in just a few minutes
Gold Coast teen Keegan Palmer nailed his final run on Thursday to snag gold in the men’s Olympic skateboard final.
Palmer, 18, finished fifth in the final, but shot forward to deliver an impressive first run score of 94.04, making him the skater to beat.
His competitors were unable to match his class in the bowl, with Palmer’s last run giving an even better final score of 95.83.
Aussie teen Keegan Palmer (pictured) bagged a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics – in skateboarding
Palmer’s last run yielded a final score of 95.83, which his rivals failed to rake in, making the Gold Coast teen Olympic champion
Gold Coast teen Keegan Palmer swept across the field to win gold in men’s skateboarding final
It also marked the debut of skateboarding as a sport at the Olympics, leaving Palmer etched into sports history forever.
Palmer’s gold medal triumph equals Australia’s best ever return to an Olympics, with 17 to date.
An emotional Palmer was harassed by his fellow athletes at the skate park after his exploits in the final.
After taking the win, Palmer covered his mouth as the enormity of what he had just accomplished began to sink in.
“It’s an absolute honor,” Palmer told NBC.
“I’ve been training for so long. I’ve been working myself to death for a long time.’
Australian team-mate Kieran Woolley said it was ‘sick’ that Palmer had delivered on the world stage.
“We’re in a pretty strict lockdown, but we can sink a few beers,” he said.
“I’m so honored to even call him my buddy.”
Woolley described Palmer as a formidable competitor who “took it to the next level.”
It’s legendary – Australia’s first Olympic skateboard gold. What a beast.
“He’s a super cool guy. We push each other and skate better and better.’
Keegan Palmer outclassed his rivals on the big stage – and was visibly shocked (pictured) after his epic win in men’s skateboarding
Gold Coast teen Keegan Palmer with his gold medal after winning the men’s skateboard final in Tokyo on Thursday