The first-ever Olympics street skateboarding competition, the Gold Medallist, Momiji Nishiya, wrote her name in the history books with a score of 15.26.
Her final three runs – 4.15, 4.66 and 3.43, were enough to secure the Gold Medal as she beat Brazil’s Rayssa Leal, also 13 years of age.
The victory podium of the event had all teenage stars as 16-year-old Funa Nakayama-– probably the youngest Olympic podium ever.
Nishiya, who won a Silver Medal at the 2021 World Championships in Rome, has now pocketed the dream prize at the Olympics.
With a 13-year-old accounting for Gold and Silver and 16-year-old taking the Bronze, youth has proven its ability to shine.
Leal, who is not only Brazil’s youngest-ever medallist but also Olympian, won Silver with a score of 14.64 with Nakayama the Bronze Medallist with 14.49.
Nishiya, whose name goes down in the record books as the first female skateboarder to strike Gold at an Olympics and the second skateboarder, after Men’s winner Yuto Horigome’s heroics on the previous day to win Gold in the sport for Japan.
“I’m extremely happy to win the Olympics in Japan, and I’m so happy to win my first Olympics as one of the youngest competitors,” an ecstatic Nishiya spoke about the joy she felt at winning the Gold Medal.
Before explaining how the initial jitters she felt drifted away.
“It’s like other competitions. I was nervous in the first run, but I wasn’t after that. Skateboarding is fun and interesting to do, so I want everyone to try skateboarding,” she added.
Asked about her goals for the future, the youngster wasn’t shy with her straight answer.
“I want to be the famous one who everyone in the world knows. I want to win at Paris 2024 too,” she said.