13-yr-old Nishiya completes Japan skateboard street sweep
Written by tokyoclub on July 26, 2021
Momiji Nishiya completed a Japanese sweep in the Olympic skateboard street competition Monday, the 13-year-old winning the country’s second gold in as many days at the Tokyo Games.
A day after Yuto Horigome won the first men’s gold in the sport at Ariake Urban Sports Park, Nishiya did the same in the women’s event, becoming the youngest ever Japanese Olympic medalist in the process.
Japan’s Momiji Nishiya (L) celebrates after winning the women’s street skateboarding gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on July 26, 2021, at Ariake Urban Sports Park. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
“I didn’t think I could win, but everyone around me cheered me on so I’m glad I was able to find my groove,” said Nishiya.
Fellow Japanese Funa Nakayama took bronze and pre-games favorite Rayssa Leal of Brazil silver.
Much like Horigome on Sunday, Nishiya piled up big scores in the “best trick” section of the event, her three last attempts running up her score to 15.26 points, clear of Leal’s 14.64 and Nakayama’s 14.49.
The other Japanese in the final and the reigning world street champion, Aori Nishimura, finished eighth after a series of massive slams left her bloody and limping.
Japanese skateboarder Momiji Nishiya competes in the women’s street finals at the Tokyo Olympics on July 26, 2021, at Ariake Urban Sports Park. (Kyodo)