Tokyo Olympics: Sky Brown becomes GB’s youngest medallist with skateboard bronze
|Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8|
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Thirteen-year-old Sky Brown clinched a momentous skateboarding bronze as she became Great Britain’s youngest summer Olympian at the start of a day that promises more medals for Team GB in Tokyo.
Brown, born a month before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, fell on her first two runs in the women’s park skateboarding final before posting a score of 56.47 to make the podium.
At 13 years and 23 days, she breaks Margery Hinton’s 93-year-old record as the country’s youngest competitor and also claims Team GB’s first skateboarding medal.
Britain are in contention for a number of medals on day 12, as Ben Whittaker faces Cuba’s Arlen Lopez in the men’s light-heavyweight gold-medal bout after Frazer Clarke fights Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jaloolov in the men’s super-heavyweight semi-final (07:03 BST).
However, the women’s hockey team saw their title defence come to an end on Wednesday, suffering a 5-1 semi-final defeat against the Netherlands in sweltering conditions at Oi Hockey Stadium.
They will have a chance to go for bronze against the losers of Argentina versus India.
Meanwhile, Andrew Pozzi reached Thursday’s men’s 110m hurdles final, with his fourth-placed finish in the semi-finals enough to see the Briton through.
Alice Dearing, 24, made history as the first black swimmer to represent Britain at an Olympics, finishing 19th in the women’s 10km marathon event.
Around 07:30 BST, Hannah Miles and Eilidh McIntyre will be targeting a sailing gold in the 470 class.
Luke Patience and Chris Grube are also in contention in the men’s equivalent and sit fifth in the standings.
American Sydney McLaughlin reeled in rival Dalilah Muhammad to win gold in a very fast women’s 400m hurdles – and broke her own world record in the process.
Brown makes history in Tokyo
Hinton was 13 years and 44 days when she swam at the Amsterdam Games in 1928 and her record as Britain’s youngest-ever competitor at a summer Olympics stood for almost a century.
Until Wednesday, that is, when Brown – 19 days younger – began her women’s park skateboarding campaign at Ariake Urban Sports Park.
Had the Games not been postponed by a year, Brown would have become the youngest Team GB athlete to compete at either a summer or winter Games, but figure skater Cecilia Colledge retains that accolade – she entered the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid aged 11.
Brown qualified for the final but fell during her opening two runs to set up a tense final attempt.
But the Japan-born teenager – who had a heavy fall in training last year that saw her fracture her skull, break her left arm and wrist and suffer lacerations to her heart and lungs – delivered a score of 56.47 to climb into the bronze-medal position.
“This is incredible. It feels unreal, I’m so happy to be here, I’m blessed,” said Brown, who added she would now “hang out with friends and party”.
“I was definitely bumped, I fell twice, that made the last run feel even better. All the girls are ripping it, it was insane, it was a super-sick final.”
Japan’s Sakura Yosozumi, 19, won gold with a best score of 60.09, while 12-year-old compatriot Kokona Hiraki claimed silver with 59.04.
What is coming up?
- Boxing: Super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke (07:03 BST) is in the semi-final before light-heavyweight Ben Whittaker goes for gold (07:35)
- Sailing: Hannah Miles and Eilidh McIntyre target 470-class gold (from 07:30)
- Track Cycling: Jason Kenny gets under way in the men’s sprint (from 07:30 BST)
- Climbing: Shauna Coxsey in the women’s combined event (from 09:00 BST)
- Showjumping: Ben Maher, Harry Charles and Scott Brash are in the individual event (from 11:00 BST)