Takeover Teen! Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, just 13, takes the gold medal in the women’s skateboard street final… with Brazilian trick sensation Rayssa Leal taking silver at the same age to take a youthful podium in Tokyo
Japan’s Momiji Nishiya has become an Olympic champion at the age of 13 after taking the gold medal in women’s street skateboarding.
Nishiya couldn’t contain her emotions after she won the title with her latest daring trick, with an average age of just 13.5 years on the podium.
Brazil’s own sensation Rayssa Leal took the silver at the same age, meanwhile an incredible string of results for the youngsters in the relentless heat of Tokyo.
Japanese skateboarding sensation Momiji Nishiya has become Olympic champion at age 13
Nishiya landed a daring final blow in Tokyo and won the title for the impressive field
All eyes were on the skateboarding stars in Ariake Urban Sports Park, and Leal wanted to become the youngest gold medalist at the Summer Games.
The event saw the talented field follow a maze of stairs, rails and ramps, with the athletes performing two 45-second runs and five single tricks.
Each of the tricks was then judged by a panel on a 10-point scale with the four best scores added together, and in the end it was home favorite Nishiya who triumphed.
Rayssa Leal from Brazil, also 13 years old, took the silver medal after fooling her rivals
Leal looked on course to win, but her fall on the final blow saw home favorite Nishiya triumph
Funa Nakayama, also from Japan, finished with the bronze, remarkable at just 16 years old.
Team USA’s Alexis Sablone looked on course to finish on the podium with two tricks left, but she settled for fourth after tumbling on both attempts.
A captivating final round of tricks saw Leal fall in her bid to recapture the gold, and Nishiya scandalously capitalized with a jaw-dropping lip trick.
Funa Nakayama took the bronze medal to round out an incredibly youthful podium at the event
The pressure was then piled on Nakayama and when she failed to make her own bold move, Nishiya was officially crowned the champion.
Her win brought Japan gold in the street event after Yuto Horigome’s glory in the men’s event yesterday.
Leal’s silver was Brazil’s second, and compatriot Kelvin Hoefler also finished second behind Horigome.