Tokyo 2020 - Skateboarders Bombette Martin, 14 and Sky Brown, 12 make qualification standard for Olympics
Sky Brown and Bombette Martin have made the qualification standard for the Tokyo Olympics. The teenage skateboarders await formal qualification, with Brown set to become Team GB's youngest ever Olympian at the age of 12. The Games are poised to begin in Japan next month despite opposition from the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sky Brown of Great Britain shares a laugh with Sakura Yosozumi of Japan after the Women's Park Final
But the rising star appears to have fully recovered and is one step away from making history for Team GB. Brown won a bronze medal at the 2019 world championships and will compete alongside Martin in the women’s park event.
Martin, born in the US but raised in Birmingham, finished 27th in the rankings, but qualifies due to limits on the number of competitors per country.
Team GB is unlikely to have any male skateboarders in the sport’s debut appearance in the Games.
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Skateboarding will have four events and is one of five new sports on show in Tokyo. Basebal/softball, karate, surfing and sporting climbing are also making their bow at the Games.
This summer’s Olympic games are set to take place without foreign spectators and a year after they were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 is still prevalent in Japan and the public movement to stop the Olympics taking place appear to has failed.
Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto denied last week there could be another postponement. The Olympics are set to start on July 23 and will continue until August 8.
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