Momiji Nishiya made historical past in Tokyo.
The 13-year-old received the Ladies’s skateboarding road competitors on Monday, turning into the youngest Japanese Olympian in historical past to take dwelling gold.
Nishiya is a few months older than Marjorie Gestring was when American diver received gold in 1936. Gestring was 13 years and 268 days previous when she competed within the Berlin Olympics. In the meantime, Nishiya is 13 years, 330 days.
“I welled up in tears as a result of I used to be past completely satisfied,” Nishiya advised Reuters of the historic occasion.
Nishiya wasn’t the one teenager on the rostrum on Monday. She was joined by Rayssa Leal, 13, and countrywoman Funa Nakayama, 16. Like Nishiya, Leal additionally turned the youngest medal winner for Brazil, her dwelling nation. The trio made up the youngest podium within the historical past of the Video games.
Nishiya completed with a rating of 15.26 in comparison with 14.64 for Leal. The Brazilian was unsuccessful in her touchdown and fell off her board. Sadly, it was the slip-up that misplaced her the gold. In the meantime, Nakayama scored a 14.49, adequate to beat out USA’s Alexis Sablone for bronze.
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Now, these younger skaters wish to see the game — which made its Olympic on the 2020 Video games — develop. They particularly need extra ladies to affix.
“It’s not proper to suppose, nicely you need to examine, you may’t go skating as a result of skating is for boys,” Leal stated. “I feel skateboarding is for everybody.”
“For a very long time, there have been manner fewer females doing this,” Sablone stated. “It’s taken till now for sufficient individuals to concentrate, to get sufficient eyes on it, to encourage extra ladies world wide to begin skating.”