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TOKYO — Youth was served to a global audience on Monday when two 13-year-old skateboarders fought to the final trick to determine the winner of the women’s street competition.
Rayssa Leal of Brazil, 13, looked to become the youngest gold medalist in Summer Games history.
Momiji Nishiya of Japan, who is just a few months older than Leal, looked to echo the winning performance of Yuto Horigome in the men’s competition at the same park a day earlier.
Leal went first, needing a big landing to slip past Nishiya. She flew through the air, twisted her board below her, slid down a rail and spilled onto the concrete in disappointment.
Nishiya then clinched the gold in a contest infused with generational cross currents, jolting the Olympics with the kind of youthful spirit that it wanted.
Leal earned the silver medal, and Funa Nakayama of Japan, 16, skated to bronze.