Street League Skateboarding Seattle 2022: Horigome Yuto claims narrow win as Rayssa Leal dominates

Olympic champ Horigome and Leal made it two wins out of two in the 2022 SLS Tour with the Japanese prevailing by just one-tenth of a point.

By ZK Goh
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

It couldn't have been much closer.

Olympic champion Horigome Yuto won a remarkable men's final at the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) tour stop in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday (14 August) by just one-tenth of a point from Vincent Milou.

Having won last month's season-opener in Jacksonville, the Japanese went back-to-back for his sixth career SLS win by virtue of having stronger trick scores than Milou, who had outscored Horigome with a 9.2 line score to the Olympic champion's 9.0.

Milou laid down a strong marker in his opening line attempt to set the tone for those who followed.

No-one would match that score over two run attempts, although Horigome also joined the so-called "9 Club" on his first run with a 9.0 line score. With neither man improving on their scores in the second try, it would come down to the tricks.

This was where Horigome shone, producing a Nollie 270 nose slide on his very first trick for a whopping 9.5 – the highest trick score of the event and his SLS joint-career-best trick score.

He added a 9.1 on his third trick, and when Milou could only score best tricks of 9.0 and 9.3, the Japanese had taken a mightily close victory in a high-quality final.

Street League Skateboarding Seattle 2022: Men's final results

  1. Horigome Yuto (JPN), 27.6
  2. Vincent Milou (FRA), 27.5
  3. Chris Joslin (USA), 26.6
  4. Ryan Decenzo (CAN), 26.5
  5. Braden Hoban (USA), 25.8
  6. Dashawn Jordan (USA), 25.7
  7. Gustavo Ribeiro (POR), 17.5
  8. Shirai Sora (JPN), 14.0

Men's SLS overall standings after 2 events, top 4:

  1. Horigome Yuto (JPN), 200 pts
  2. Vincent Milou (FRA), 168 pts
  3. Shirai Sora (JPN), 153 pts
  4. Gustavo Ribeiro (POR), 151 pts

Leal continues women's domination

On the women's side, Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Rayssa Leal also claimed her second triumph of the year to add to victory in Jacksonville. Florida.

The 14-year-old, wearing the classic yellow Brazilian football jersey, dominated proceedings at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Seattle, taking the win by a full point over compatriot Pamela Rosa.

Leal, who topped qualifying by 0.3 points, took a narrow one-tenth lead from the runs into the tricks, outscoring Rosa 6.5 to 6.4.

However, the single tricks section was where the youngster came into her own, nailing her fourth trick for a big 8.1 points before her final trick of 7.8 sent her clear at the top of the competition.

Olympic champion Nishiya Momiji was third.

Street League Skateboarding Seattle 2022: Women's final results

  1. Rayssa Leal (BRA), 22.4
  2. Pamela Rosa (BRA), 21.4
  3. Nishiya Momiji (JPN), 21.0
  4. Oda Yumeka (JPN), 19.8
  5. Poe Pinson (USA), 18.6
  6. Keet Oldenbeuving (NED), 12.6
  7. Nakayama Funa (JPN), 12.0
  8. Roos Zwetsloot (NED), 8.5

Women's SLS overall standings after 2 events, top 4:

  1. Rayssa Leal (BRA), 200 pts
  2. Pamela Rosa (BRA), 175 pts
  3. Oda Yumeka (JPN), 168 pts
  4. Nishiya Momiji (JPN), 163 pts

The third stop of the SLS Championship Tour is in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 8–9 October, before the Super Crown Championship Final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5–6 November.

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