All three of Tokyo 2020's women's street medallists are set for the finals
All three women's skateboarding street medallists from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have advanced to the finals at the 2021 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Championships Tour in Salt Lake City.
Tokyo bronze medallist NAKAYAMA Funa topped the standings Friday (27 August) earning a 18.3, followed by silver medallist Rayssa Leal of Brazil at 17.7. American Mariah Duran, who missed the Tokyo final, is third with a 15.0.
Olympic gold medallist NISHIYA Momiki earned the fourth best qualifying score (14.100).
The boarders performed five runs in the prelim competition: first, a 45-second line attempt, followed by four single trick attempts. The top three scores from any section comprised the final score and the top eight advancing to the finals. That competition in set for Saturday (28 August).
Friday's two heats were an intense battle with multiple women still in contention to make the final in the last round.
"That was the best prelims I've ever seen," said Andrew Cannon, who was providing commentary for the SLS YouTube channel's live stream of the event.
Nakayama had the two highest individual run scores, a 7.0 and 6.8, powering her to the top of the leader board. But it was Leal that caught Cannon's attention when she laid down a 6.0 line run to open her competition.
"That was one of the best runs I've ever seen in a women's competition, straight up," he said. "That was insane."
13-year-old Brazilian Rayssa Leal took Tokyo 2020 by storm as skateboarding made its Olympic debut.
Leal, nicknamed "The Skating Fairy," was the youngest competitor in the women's street skateboarding final packed with drama, thrills, and spills. Nishiya Momiji won the gold, sharing the podium with Rayssa Leal and Nakayama Funa.
Huston leads men's qualifying
American Nyjah Huston topped the qualifying standings after earning a three-run score of 25.0, just ahead of compatriot Alex Midler's 24.8 total. Portugal's Gustavo Ribeiro was third with a 24.5 total.
Men's silver medallist Kelvin Hoefler was in action in Utah, advancing to the final in fourth position at 24.5. But Olympic champion HORIGOME Yuto, who was originally on the roster for the event, withdrew from the event, alongside fellow Olympian Aurélien Giroud (6th in Tokyo).
Youth really came to the fore at Tokyo 2020 with 12-year-old Syrian table tennis prodigy Hend Zaza the youngest athlete at the Games. Youngsters dominated skateboarding with 13-year-old NISHIYA Momiji taking gold and HIRAKI Kokona, Rayssa Leal and Sky Brown all winning medals. And 14-year-old QUAN Hongchan won diving gold for China.
SLS Championship Tour 2021 schedule and season details
The Salt Lake City stop is the first of three SLS Championship Tour events this season, following a pre-season Tour Qualifier held at the end of July.
On Saturday 28 August, the women's final takes place at 2:30 pm, with the men's final at 5 pm.
Following this weekend's festivities at the Utah State Fairpark, the tour heads to Miami for its second stop in two months' time.
The Florida city will hold its event from 29–30 October.
Following that, the SLS Championship Tour final – its Super Crown World Championship – will take place from 13–14 November in Jacksonville, Florida.
How to watch SLS Championship Tour
The SLS Championship Tour stop in Salt Lake City will be streamed live in a number of countries on the SLS YouTube page.
In other territories, local rights-holding broadcasters will show either live coverage or highlights of the action.
Japan’s Horigome Yuto made Olympic history by winning the first ever gold medal in skateboarding, his victory coming in the skateboarding men’s street final.
The 22-year-old grew up just a few miles away from the Ariake Urban Sports Park and honed his skills there after being introduced to the sport by his father. He shared the podium with Kelvin Hoefler (BRA) and Jagger Eaton (USA).