Sky Brown, 13, has won a bronze medal in the women’s skateboard event – making her Great Britain’s youngest ever medallist – as Team GB secured further medals in boxing.
The teenage skateboarder had qualified in second place for the final at the Ariake Urban Park, with a best score of 57.40.
After falling in her first two runs of the final, she nailed her last attempt with a score of 56.47 to finish behind Japanese pair Sakura Yosozumi, 19, and Kokona Hiraki aged 12.
Yosozumi topped the podium with a score of 60.09, while Hiraki’s 59.04 proved enough for her to claim silver – eclipsing Brown to become the youngest Olympic medallist in 85 years.
It comes as Team GB’s Ben Whittaker won a boxing silver medal in the light heavyweight final.
The 24-year-old from Wolverhampton lost to Cuba’s Arlen Lopez in the gold medal 81kg final at Tokyo 2020.
Earlier this morning, fellow Briton Frazer Clarke, 29, secured a bronze medal after losing to Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan in the semi-finals of the men’s super heavyweight boxing.
After her heats, Brown had told the BBC: “That was insane. It is crazy. It is crazy to be here, and skating with all the girls has been really fun.
“Everyone has been ripping. It is awesome to be here. I didn’t think about the scores. But I am really stoked on that score – very stoked.”
The teenager replaces Sarah Hardcastle as Britain’s youngest summer Games medallist. The swimmer was aged 15 years and 113 days when she won silver and bronze in Los Angeles.
She also overtakes silver medal-winning figure skater Cecilia Colledge, who turned 15 just a couple of months before the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Games.
And Brown’s achievement is all the more remarkable for the fractured skull and broken bones she suffered during an horrific fall in training last year.
The teenager posted a video clip of the fall on her Instagram account, which has approaching one million followers, along with the message: “I’m excited to come back even stronger and even tougher. My heart wants to go so hard right now.”
Brown, who was born in Miyazaki, Japan, to a Japanese mother and British father, competed at the US Open in 2016 at the age of eight, and first chose to compete for Great Britain in 2018.
She warmed up for the Games by winning gold in the prestigious X Games last month, although neither of her key Olympic challengers, Okamoto and Hiraki, were present.
Hiraki was first up of the major contenders in qualifying amid the hottest day of the Games so far, with the temperature tipping 32 degrees with 90% humidity.
Source: Sky Sports