Momiji Nishiya, the 13-year-old skateboarding sensation, became the youngest gold medallist from Japan as she won the women’s street skateboarding event of the 2020 Olympics at the Ariake Urban Sports Park on Monday.
Nishiya completed a Japanese sweep in the street competition after Yuto Horigome had won the first ever men’s gold in the sport on Sunday.
Nishiya upset favourite Rayssa Leal of Brazil and teammate Aori Nishimura, the reigning world champion, in the final.
Nishiya took the gold after piling up big scores in the trick section, finishing with 15.26 points.
Leal, the 13-year-old Brazilian who impressed in the preliminary heats with a flawless run, couldn't repeat her show when it mattered most and was second with 14.64 points. Japan's Funa Nakayama bagged the bronze medal with 14.49 points.
It proved a struggle for Aori Nishimura who finished eighth.
1. Momiji Nishiya (Japan) (15.26 points)
2. Rayssa Leal (Brazil) (14.64)
3. Funa Nakayama (14.49).