Japan's Momiji Nishiya, 13, wins first women's skateboarding gold in Olympic history

Makes you think about what you achieved at 13.

Lean Jinghui | July 26, 2021, 05:15 PM

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Thirteen-year-old Momiji Nishiya became Japan's youngest ever Gold medallist in the 2020 Olympic Games on Monday, July 26.

According to the Japan Times, Nishiya was one of two thirteen-year-olds in the event and she is one of the youngest Olympians ever in the Games.

Clinching the gold

Nishiya out-duelled her counterpart, Brazil's Rayssa Leal (also 13), in the Skateboarding Women's Street Finals.

Kyodo News reported that Nishiya won by piling up big scores in the "best trick" section of the event.

BBC explained that while Nishiya missed her landing on her first two tricks, she nailed her third attempt, running up her score to 15.26 points.

This put her in the lead, earning her the Gold medal ahead of Leal (14.64 points) and Funa Nakayama (14.49 points).

Here's Nishiya nailing her landing:


Skateboarding in Olympics for the first time

For the uninitiated, skateboarding debuted in the Olympics for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 games.

It joined karate, sport climbing, and surfing, all new additions in the Games, according to Vox.

Athletes have a chance of winning medals for the Park and Street events, for both the Men and Women categories.

For the Street event, which was what Nishiya competed in, skaters each have two 45-second runs and five trick attempts, scored by a panel of judges.

The best four scores out of the seven make up their final total.

Nishiya joined 22-year-old Yuto Horigome in sweeping the Street event for skateboarding, according to Kyodo News.

No minimum age

And in case you're wondering how Nishiya competed at the tender age of 13, according to the International Olympic Committee, there is no age limit for taking part in the games.

Rather, each International Sports Federation lays down the rules for its sport.

There is currently no minimum age for skateboarding.

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