Momiji Nishiya completed a Japanese sweep in the Olympic skateboard street competition Monday, the 13-year-old winning the country’s second gold in the event in as many days at the Tokyo Games.
A day after Yuto Horigome won the first men’s gold in the sport at Ariake Urban Sports Park, Nishiya did the same in the women’s event, becoming the youngest ever Japanese Olympic medalist in the process. Nishiya became the youngest individual Olympic champion, and first ever in women’s skateboarding after winning gold in the street event on Monday in Tokyo. The silver went to Rayssa Leal, also 13 — Brazil’s second silver in skateboarding after Kelvin Hoefler finished second on Sunday in the men’s event. The women’s bronze went to Funa Nakayama of Japan. The event was celebrated as a win for women by many of the 20 competitors. The achievements garnered widespread positive reactions on Twitter, which was a breath of fresh air on what can often be an overwhelmingly negative platform.