Sakura Yosozumi wins gold, Kokona Hiraki youngest-ever to win with silver, Sky Brown bags bronze in skateboarding

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Japanese skateboarders Sakura Yosozumi, 19, and Kokona Hiraki, 12, took home the gold and silver medal, respectively, while Sky Brown won bronze at the Tokyo Games.

The details: Yosozumi, the oldest among the winners, made a remarkable 60.09 score in her first run, securing her spot for the win in the women’s park skateboarding on Wednesday, according to NBC Sports.

  • Hiraki received a total score of 59.04 and won the silver medal.
  • Japanese British athlete Sky Brown, who turned 13 less than a month ago, won bronze with a score of 54.04. Brown was born in Miyazaki, Japan to a Japanese mother and a British father, The Scotsman reported.
  • Yosozumi finished fourth in the prelims, while Brown and Hiraki qualified in the second and third spot, respectively.

Who are Yosozumi and Hiraki: Born in Iwade, Japan on March 15, 2002, Yosozumi began skateboarding in 2013 after being influenced by her older brother, Reiya, according to her Olympics bio page.

  • She joined the national team in 2018.
  • Hiraki, the youngest among the winners in the event, was born in Kutchan, Japan on Aug. 26, 2008. She started riding skateboards at 5 and joined the team the same year as Yosozumi.
  • Hiraki made history as the youngest Olympic medalist since French rower Noel Vandernotte, who was also 12 in 1936. As well as surpassing the previous youngest Olympian from Japan, swimmer Yukari Takemoto, who was 13 when she competed in the 1968 Mexico Olympics BBC reported.

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