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Tokyo Olympics: Skateboarder Nishiya Momiji, 13, Wins Gold Medal

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Japan’s Nishiya Momiji celebrates after performing a trick during the skateboarding street final on July 26. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images)

Teenager Nishiya Momiji of Japan has won the women’s street skateboarding event.

At just 13 years old, she is now one of the youngest gold medal winners in Olympic history.

She is just months older than the current female record-holder, American diver Marjorie Gestring, who was 13 years and 267 days old when she won gold at the Berlin Games in 1936.

Momiji’s win came just a day after fellow Japanese skater Yuto Horigome won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in skateboarding for the men’s street competition.

The silver medalist was another 13-year-old, Brazilian star Rayssa Leal. Japan’s Funa Nakayama, 16, took bronze.

Source: CNN

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