Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Sky Brown Wins Bronze in Skateboarding and Becomes Youngest British Medalist at Summer Olympics

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Sky Brown Wins Bronze in Skateboarding and Becomes Youngest British Medalist at Summer Olympics


Sky Brown finished third in the women’s skateboarding event in the parks

Sky Brown was crowned Britain’s youngest Olympic medalist after winning bronze in the women’s skateboarding event at Ariake Urban Arena in Tokyo.

After falling in her first two points of the final, the 13-year-old managed her last try with a score of 56.47 to finish behind Japanese pair Sakura Yosozumi and Kokona Hiraki.

At just 12, Hiraki eclipsed Brown to become the youngest Olympic medalist in 85 years. Favorite Misugu Okamoto fell on her last run and missed the podium.

Brown’s achievement is all the more remarkable for the fractured skull and broken bones she suffered in a horrific fall in training last year.

Brown won a medal at the Olympics after recovering from a string of serious injuries last year

She posted a video clip of the fall on her Instagram account, which has nearly a million subscribers, with the message: “I’m so excited to come back even stronger and stronger. My heart wants to go so hard right now. “

Brown finished third in the women's park event behind Sakura Yosozumi and Kokona Hiraki of Japan

Brown finished third in the women’s park event behind Sakura Yosozumi and Kokona Hiraki of Japan

Brown, who was born in Miyazaki, Japan to a Japanese mother and a British father, competed in the US Open in 2016 at the age of eight and was first elected for the Great -Brittany in 2018.

She arrived with a lot of profile, having won the American version of Dance with the stars: Juniors in 2018, and expressed her ambition to achieve the almost unprecedented feat of competing in two sports – skateboarding and surfing – at the Games, from which she was later dissuaded.

Sky Brown vowed to 'come back stronger' after injury setbacks in 2020 and has now won Olympic bronze

Sky Brown vowed to ‘come back stronger’ after injury setbacks in 2020 and has now won Olympic bronze

In 2019, Brown finished third at the World Skateboarding Championships and the following year, she earned her Olympic qualification by winning a bronze medal at the World Park Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Last month, she warmed up for the Games by winning gold at the prestigious X Games, even though none of her main Olympic challengers, Okamoto and Hiraki, were in attendance.

Hiraki was the first of the main contenders for qualifying amid the hottest day of the Games so far, with a temperature of 32 degrees and 90 percent humidity.

Brown triumphed at the X Games, one of the major events leading up to the Olympics

Brown triumphed at the X Games, one of the major events leading up to the Olympics

The 12-year-old’s best score in three runs, 52.46, was comfortably surpassed twice by Brown, with the Briton recording a best of 57.40 before Okamoto, the reigning 15-year-old world champion. , does mark its mark with a best score of 58.51. .

Another Japanese skater, Yosozumi, raised the bar in the final with a first run of 60.09 which would ultimately prove to be enough to give her the gold medal, while Hiraki, 12, posted a massive 59.04 .

Brown and frontrunner Okamoto struggled with a trick known as the indy kick flip, leaving the two to face the prospect of having to go flawlessly on their respective final routines to reach the podium.

Brown stepped up when it counted, her third score pushing her to bronze before another fall from Okamoto confirmed the Briton’s historic medal.

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