Asian Games: Japanese teenager wins inaugural women’s skateboarding park

Sixteen-year-old Sakura Yosozumi won the inaugural women’s skateboarding park competition at the Asian Games on Wednesday, roughly two years before the sport makes its debut at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Yosozumi earned 66.66 points to top the podium in the six-woman field at Jakabaring Sport City in Palembang, Indonesia, while Kaya Isa finished runner-up with 58.33 points to complete a 1-2 finish for Japan. China’s Zhang Xin took bronze.

Two disciplines are held in the skateboarding program at the Asian Games and at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — park and street.

In the park competition, athletes skate on a hollowed-out course called a «combination pool» containing bowls and pools. In the street competition, skateboarders compete on a street-like course featuring stairs, curbs, slopes and rails.

The scores are based on the degree of difficulty, consistency in completing tricks, overall routine, speed and originality.

Later in the day, Japan’s Kensuke Sasaoka, who topped the 10-man qualifiers, will compete in the men’s park final. Isa will get another shot for a medal in the women’s street final, while Keyaki Ike will compete in the men’s event.

All — Kyodo News+

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