British skateboarder, Sky Brown finished 5th in the ISO International Championship event in Nanjing today (19th July 2019), keeping her right on track for Olympic qualification for the Tokyo Games in 2020.
Sky performed phenomenally throughout the event. On Tuesday she wowed on-lookers with a 1st place finish in the quarter-finals and a score of 35.92. She then bettered her previous run in the semi-finals on Thursday, scoring 40.08 and putting her in 3rd place overall. The finals took place on Friday and Sky once again upped her game and produced a score of 42.99 which placed her 5th, with less than 1 point separating her and the bronze position.
At only 11 years of age, Sky is the youngest competitor on the international circuit, competing in senior events against the best female skateboarders from around the world. Last month, in her first international Olympic qualifying event, the Dew Tour in the United States, she posted the highest score in the qualifying round of the park event and was third after the quarterfinals, giving her automatic seeding to the 5-Star event in China this week.
Skateboard GB athletes must compete at a series of Olympic qualifying events over the next 12 months in order to gain points to allow them to progress to Tokyo. The next event will be the Park World Championships in Sao Paulo and the Street World Championships in Mexico City in September, where Sky and her fellow GB team mates will aim to gain more valuable points.
Lucy Adams, professional skateboarder and the chair for Skateboard GB said ‘Sky’s performance has been outstanding, she has continued to progress her runs and increase her trick difficulty in a competition setting. She is competing in senior events, against the world’s best and being able to deliver winning runs is unbelievable’.
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