In an empty, blazing skatepark over eight miles from his home in Tokyo, 22-year-old Yuto Horigome won a gold medal for street skateboarding on Sunday.
When he arrived, the children’s play area at Ariake Urban Sports Park was deserted due to pandemic regulations, and he was greeted by enthusiastic applause from the volunteers.
That said, any success is bound to resonate. While Yuto was only a few kilometres away, Ryota, Horigome’s father, couldn’t watch, not even on television. In the company of an instantly recognisable neighbour, he rode his bicycle out of the third-floor flat where his family resided.
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Yuto came out on top. Skateboarding on the streets in Japan, meanwhile, is still an uncommon and sometimes illegal activity, and the country even has a gold medal skateboarder.
Rome’s semi-finals were the first time that Paris 2024’s new scoring system – 2/5/3/ – was implemented.
In order to arrive at a final score between 0 and 300, a skateboarder’s best run and two best tricks from a possible five are each given a score between 0 and 100.
California is home to the origins of skateboarding. Japan, on the other hand, is the first country to win a gold medal in the new Olympic sport.
Yuto Horigome, the winner of the Ariake Urban Sports Park’s first-ever men’s street tournament on Sunday.
Horigome, the defending champion, defeated Nyjah Huston of the United States, the sport’s most successful contest street skater.
That’s what Horigome, 22, did back in his hometown.
If they had been able to see Yuto’s gold medal win in person, Japanese supporters were likely to be in such frame of mind. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has affected much of the country, no one is allowed to attend the Olympic activities in Tokyo.
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On Sunday, the United States’ Jagger Eaton will take part in the men’s street skateboarding final.
However, Horigome’s triumph was another bright point for Japan, which earned its first gold medal of the Games in judo on Saturday night. Horigome, on the other hand…