Skateboarding: Briton Sky Brown, 11, takes bronze at world c'ships with eye on Tokyo Olympics

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Sky Brown is the 11-year-old skateboarding prodigy who is poised to become Britain's youngest ever Olympian at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Sky Brown competing in the finals of the World Park Skateboarding Championship in Sao Paulo on Sept 14, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

(THE GUARDIAN) - Sky Brown, the 11-year-old British skateboarding prodigy who is on track to become the youngest female from her country at the Summer Olympics, won bronze at the world championships in Brazil on Saturday (Sept 14).

Japan's Misugu Okamoto, who is 13, was first at the skateboarding park world championships in Sao Paolo with a score of 61.17, beating out countrywoman Sakura Yosozumi (60.00), who is oldest of the trio at 17.

Brown, who topped the leaderboard after the first of four final runs, posted her best tally in the last round with a score of 58.13 to reach the podium.

While she has yet to qualify for an Olympic spot for Tokyo, where skateboarding will feature for the first time as a medal sport, it marked her best finish of the year as she appears well on her way.

Raised in Japan by a British father and Japanese mother, Brown is aiming to become the youngest female Olympian since Chinese ice dancer Liu Luyang in 1988 and the youngest female Summer Olympian since Puerto Rican swimmer Liana Vicens in 1968.

Shaun White, the three-time Olympic half-pipe snowboarding champion from the United States, finished 13th in semi-finals of the men's park event, a setback in his attempt to qualify for Tokyo, where he would bid to become only the sixth athlete ever to win medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

With three other Americans advancing to Sunday's final, White currently would not rank highly enough to make the US team of no more than three men for the park skateboarding event.

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