American Nyjah Huston showed once again that he is the man to beat in Street with a four World Championships triumph in the World Skate Street World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He’s now won in 2014-17-18-19 and clinched a qualifying spot for the 2020 Tokyo Games, as did all of the medal winners.
Huston was only fifth in the semifinal (34.8), won by fellow American Dashawn Jordan (35.5). But in the final, he scored 8.9 and 9.1 on his two runs and his two best tricks scored 9.7 and 9.3 for a total of 36.9 points and a tight win over Japan’s Yuto Horigome (36.6).
The best score for any run went to Japan’s Yukito Aoki (9.2), who finished sixth; Jordan couldn’t duplicate his semifinal success and finished last at 23.4.
In the women’s division, Brazil’s Pamela Rosa has been the best on tour this season and she won again, taking her first world title at 25.2, well ahead of teammate Rayssa Leal (24.3) and Japan’s defending World Champion, Aori Nishimura (21.6).
Rosa’s two runs scored poorly – 2.8 and 1.2 – but her four tricks were winners, earning 7.8, 6.3, 6.0 and 5.1 for a 25.2 total. Leal had the best women’s run in the final at 5.0.
Most of the contestants for Tokyo will be selected from the World Skate rankings as of next June. Summaries:
World Skate Street World Championship
Sao Paulo (BRA) ~ 16-22 September 2019
(Full results here)
Men/ Final: 1. Nyjah Huston (USA), 36.9; 2. Yuto Horigome (JPN), 36.6; 3. Gustavo Ribeiro (POR), 36.2; 4. Kelvin Hoefler (BRA), 36.0; 5. Jamie Foy (USA), 34.8; 6. Yukito Aoki (JPN), 33.6; 7. Angelo Caro (PER), 31.8; 8. Dashawn Jordan (USA), 23.4.
Women/ Final: 1. Pamela Rosa (BRA), 25.2; 2. Rayssa Leal (BRA), 24.3; 3. Aori Nishimura (JPN), 21.6; 4. Candy Jacobs (NED), 16.2; 5. Mariah Duran (USA), 15.5; 6. Gabriela Mazetto (BRA), 14.9; 7. Alexis Sablone (USA), 9.6; 8. Yumeka Oda (JPN), 8.7.