Japan's Horigome wins first ever Olympic gold medal in skateboarding

Yuto Horigome, (Photo: olympics.com)
25/07/2021 01:47 PM

TOKYO, July 25  -- World champion Yuto Horigome became the first-ever skateboarding Olympic champion as the Japanese triumphed in men's street competiton here on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

Scoring 37.18 points, the 22-year-old beat Kelvin Hoefler of Brazil by 1.03 points for the gold medal.

Jagger Eaton of the United States, with 35.35 points, established himself among the very first Olympic medalists in the event with a bronze.

World No. 1 Nyjah Huston of the United States had a disappointing seventh finish.