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Momiji Nishiya and Rayssa Leal: The 13-year-olds are the youngest Olympic medallists

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The Tokyo Olympic Games have seen a lot of ‘new’s in its course of action, and the latest instance in the same notion is a monumental moment of inspiration as the grand quadrennial event has seen its youngest gold and silver medallists- two 13-year-old skateboarders.

Skateboarding, the well-known street sport that has its origin in the United States and is very famous among teenagers, made its debut at the Olympics this year with two disciplines- park and street, held across the men and women’s events.

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On 26th July, the sport found its first women’s street skateboarding Olympic gold medallist in Momiji Nishiya, who hails from Osaka and is now the youngest person to win a gold at the Olympics in the past 85 years, at an age of 13 years and 330 days.

Japan's 13-year-old Nishiya wins Olympics skateboarding gold | Olympics  News | Al Jazeera

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Nishiya, who clinched a silver at the World Skateboarding Championship earlier this year and another silver at the 2019 Summer X Games, scored 15.26 in the women’s street event.

“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,” Nishiya said after the event.

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“Skateboarding is fun and interesting, I hope everyone can give it a try,” the teenager added.

Half of the skaters at the Tokyo Olympics are aged under 18 and on the heels of Nishiya’s historic feat, the sport saw another extraordinary achievement from Rayssa Leal, who is the youngest ever to win a medal at the Olympics.

Aged 13 years and 203 days, Leal is the youngest Olympic medalist of the past 85 years, who clinched silver in the women’s street event, scoring 14.64 behind Nishiya. Nicknamed the “Little Skateboard Fairy”, Leal is a former World Skateboarding Championship silver and bronze medallist.

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The youngest medallist at the Olympics remains American diver Marjorie Gestring, who clinched a gold at the 1936 Berlin Games when she was aged 13 years and 267 days. If Leal was the gold medallist today, she would have broken Gestring’s record.

Meanwhile, Funa Nakayama, another teenager skateboarder from Japan clinched the bronze medal with a score of 14.49.
Tokyo Olympics: 13-Year-Old Stars Win Women's Skateboarding | Time
Meanwhile, the women’s park skateboarding event is scheduled for 4th August. Japan’s Misugu Okamoto, aged 15 and Sakura Yosozumi, aged 19 are the medal hopefuls, along with 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki, Japan’s youngest Olympian who is deemed to be on the course to rewrite history.
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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.

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