Teenagers Give Heartwarming Gesture to Japanese Skateboarder After Last-Second Crash at Tokyo Olympics

Published 08/04/2021, 2:15 PM EDT


The Tokyo Olympics is one of those global events which unites the world together. With over 200 delegations currently in the capital of Japan, athletes from all across the world compete to be the best.

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However, the Games also provide many moments of sportsmanship among athletes. One of those instances occurred in the Skateboarding event earlier today after Misugu Okamoto crashed during towards the end.

Fellow skateboarders show support for Misugu Okamoto during final in Tokyo Olympics

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Skateboarding is one sport making its debut in the Olympic programme in Tokyo. Hence, the sport saw several teenagers showcase their skills in highly entertaining setups at the Games. In the first week, the sport had the men’s and women’s street events, while this week will see the park events take place.

Earlier today, eight of the world’s best female skateboarders took to the Ariake Park to compete for gold. Among them was 15-year-old Misugu Okamoto, one of three Japanese skateboarders in the competition. She made an impressive start in her first two runs, putting herself in contention for a bronze medal. However, she fell during her last run in the park, which cost her that opportunity.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Skateboarding – Women’s Park – Final – Ariake Urban Sports Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Misugu Okamoto of Japan reacts REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

What followed next was heartwarming. The remaining competitors rushed to Okamoto to console her after tears gushed down her face. In addition, Australia’s Poppy Olsen and USA’s Bryce Wettstein hoisted the 15-year-old on their shoulders, which left her smiling.

Despite most competitors still in their teen years, this gesture displayed a level of maturity well beyond their age. In addition, this is arguably one of the best displays of sportsmanship at the Games.

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Japan clinched gold and silver in the event

Japan continued their dominance in the maiden appearance of skateboarding at the Olympics. While 19-year-old Sakura Yosozumi clinched gold, Kokona Hiraki clinched silver aged just 12.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Skateboarding – Women’s Park – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Urban Sports Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Gold medalist Sakura Yosozumi of Japan celebrates on the podium next to silver medalist, Cocona Hiraki of Japan and bronze medalist, Sky Brown of Britain REUTERS/Mike Blake

Okamoto’s crash meant Japan missed out on locking out the podium, with Great Britain’s 13-year-old Sky Brown winning bronze. Japan could complete a gold medal clean sweep in the sport should they win the men’s park event tomorrow.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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