13-Year-Old Japanese Momiji Nishiya Wins First-Ever Olympic Gold in Women’s Skateboarding

Japanese Momiji Nishiya, 13, became the first-ever Olympic gold medalist in women’s skateboarding after scoring a total of 15.26 on July 26.

Nishiya made history as the first female skateboarder to win gold at the Olympics after beating Brazilian 13-year-old Rayssa Leal and fellow Japanese 16-year-old Funa Nakayama at the Ariake Urban Sports Park.

Additionally, Nishiya, Leal, and Nakayama became the youngest Olympic podium in history.

Nishiya also became the second to win gold in skateboarding for Japan after Yuto Horigome won in the men’s division last July 25.

With her victory, Nishiya becomes the youngest ever Japanese Olympic medalist. The record was previously held by Kyoko Iwasaki who won gold in the 200-meter breakstroke at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics at the age of 14.

Nishiya won silver at the 2021 world championships in Rome, Italy.

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