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Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, 13, wins Olympic gold in women’s skateboarding


Japan’s Momiji Nishiya won gold in the women’s skateboarding street final (AFP via Getty)

Japan’s Momiji Nishiya has won a gold medal at the age of 13 in the Olympic women’s street skateboarding competition.

Brazil’s Rayssa Leal secured the silver medal, while Funa Nakayama of Japan won bronze.

Nishiya finished with a score of 15.26 to secure gold, beating Leal’s score of 14.64. Nakayama took bronze with a score of 14.49.

Nishiya becomes Japan’s youngest-ever Olympic medalist and the third-youngest in the history of the Games behind Marjorie Gestring, who won gold at Berlin 1936, and Klaus Zerta, who won gold at Rome 1960.

Leal also becomes Brazil’s youngest-ever Olympic medalist with her silver in Tokyo.

On Sunday, Japan’s Yuto Horigome, 22, won gold in the men’s street skateboarding, which made its Olympic debut this year.

Momiji Nishiya is Japan’s youngest-ever Olympic medalist (PA)
Rayssa Leal, who won silver, is now Brazil’s youngest-ever Olympic medalist (Reuters)

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