Thirteen-year-old Momiji Nishiya went from being one of the youngest Olympians at the Tokyo Games to Japan’s youngest-ever gold medalist.
With Japan still celebrating the nation’s first Olympic skateboarding gold medal, Osaka native Nishiya made the host country 2-for-2 in the sport’s Olympic debut by outdueling Rayssa Leal, another 13-year-old, for the women’s street gold medal Monday afternoon.
Nishiya finished with a score of 15.26, to claim the gold. Japan’s Funa Nakayama took the bronze medal with 14.49.
Leal earned silver with a score of 14.64.
The previous record for Japan’s youngest gold medalist was held by swimmer Kyoko Iwasaki who won gold in Barcelona at age 14.
Nishiya’s win came a day after Yuto Horigome won the men’s competition on Sunday to become the first-ever Olympic champion in the sport.
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