Kathmandu: Japanies Momiji Nishiya of 13 years old, has made new history by winning a gold medal at the Olympics in Tokyo.
Competing in skateboarding, she defeated 13-year-old Raisa Leal of Brazil to win the gold medal. Leal won the silver medal, while bronze medalist Funa Nakayama of Japan is only 16 years old.
The average age of the three gold, silver and bronze medalists is 14 years and 191 days. This is the lowest average in Olympic history.
At the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, 13-year-old 267-day-old Morjorie Gestring won a gold medal in springboard. At the time, she was only 63 days younger than Nishia.
Gastring’s record is likely to be broken at this year’s Olympics. Britain’s Sky Brown is 13 years and 28 days old. She will set a record if she wins the skateboarding game on August 4.
Japan’s 12-year-old 343-day-old Kokona Hiraki will also join the competition.
Skateboarding is one of the five new sports added to the Olympics.