Skateboarding: Horigome and Nishimura Win Gold at World Street Championships

Japan topped the medal table at the 2021 World Street Skateboarding Championships, winning four out of the six medals. The three medalists in the men’s and women’s street events were also given quotas to compete at the Olympics. The World Street Skateboarding Championships were held in Rome, Italy from May 30th to June 6th 2021.

The men’s street began with an open qualifier where the United States held the top four positions, led by Alexader Midler. The four highest ranked athletes received a bye to the semi-finals. The top four proved their ranking as they occupied the top five, led by United States’ Nyjah Huston whom reached a score of 35.86. This was over two points ahead of Japan’s Yuto Horigome (33.46). Horigome would save his best performance for the final where he pulled off a score of 36.75 to win gold ahead of Huston’s 35.75. The bronze medal and third Olympic quota was won by Japan’s Sora Shirai.

The women’s street followed the same format where Japan’s Yumeka Oda won the open qualifier. Oda would not be able to repeat this performance in the semi-finals where she finished 20th. With the world’s top five added to the mix, it was Brazil’s Rayssa Leal whom won the round with a score of 14.40, just edging out Japan’s Aori Nishimura (14.24). Nishimura would upgrade that performance in the final to win the gold medal (14.76) ahead of her compatriot Momiji Nishiya (14.17). Leal managed to just barely hold on to win bronze (13.47) and an Olympic quota.

The remaining quotas for street skateboarding will be decided through the world rankings. While the deadline for the rankings is at the end of this month, it is unlikely a major event awarding points will be held. Though there may be some national level events, but in the end it may not change much.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Street
* Japan
* Japan
* United States

Women’s Street
* Brazil
* Japan
* Japan

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