SKATEBOARD: Rankings leaders Reynolds and Okamoto clinch Olympic berths in Park Worlds

The World Skate Park Worlds women's podium: Sakura Yosozumi (JPN: silver); Misugu Okamoto (JPN: gold) and Britain's Sky Brown (bronze). (Photo: World Skate)

The debut of Skateboarding at the 2020 Olympic Games is getting pretty real pretty fast as the medal winners at the Park World Championships in Brazil all clinched places at the Games, including an 11-year-old sensation from Great Britain.

The wins went to the top-ranked rides coming into the Worlds: American Heimana Reynolds, who moved up from the silver-medal spot in the 2018 Worlds, and Japan’s Misugu Okamoto, who has now won all three of the top-level competitions this season.

While Japan went 1-2 in the women’s final, with last year’s World Champion, Sakura Yosozumi, finishing second, a lot of the talk was about Britain’s 11-year-old Sky Brown, who finished third and expects to compete in Tokyo …. at age 12!

American Olympic snowboarding star Shaun White, 33, finished 13th in the men’s final and was eliminated in the semifinals.

World Skate Park World Championhips
Sao Paulo (BRA) ~ 10-15 September 2019
(Full results here)

Men: 1. Heimana Reynolds (USA), 88.00; 2. Luiz Francisco (BRA), 85.50; 3. Pedro Quintas (BRA), 85.00; 4. Keegan Palmer (AUS), 84.70; 5. Thomas Schaar (USA), 84.60; 6. Pedro Barros (BRA), 84.50; 7. Tate Carew (USA), 84.20; 8. Mateus Hiroshi (BRA), 83.70.

Women: 1. Misugu Okamoto (JPN), 61.17 points; 2. Sakura Yosozumi (JPN), 60.00; 3. Sky Brown (GBR), 58.13; 4. Poppy Starr Olsen (AUS), 56.00; 5. Lizzie Armanto (FIN), 49.00; 6. Dora Varella (BRA), 48.00; 7. Isaodra Pacheco (BRA), 46.00; 8. Kisa Nakamura (JPN), 45.57.