'Go girls': 13-year-olds shock world in 'powerful' Olympics moment

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Silver medalist Rayssa Leal (pictured left) embraces gold medalist Momiji Nishiya (pictured right) on the podium in the women's street skateboard.
Teenagers Rayssa Leal and Momiji Nishiya emrbace in a beautiful moment after placing 1st and 2nd in the women's street skateboard final at the Tokyop Olympic Games. (Images: AAP/Getty Image)

In what is sure to be one of the memorable moments of the Tokyo Olympics, 13 year olds Momiji Nishiya and Rayssa Leal won gold and silver respectively before a heartwarming moment in the women's street skateboard.

The Olympics sets its self apart from any other sporting event due to the spirit showed in the heat of battle and in a historic moment for skateboarding, Brazilian teen Leal embraced Japan's Nishiya after the pair grabbed 1st and 2nd in the event.

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To make matters more remarkable, all three medallists were teenagers with bronze medalist Funa Nakayama of Japan only 16 years old.

And in a highlight of the event, the 'Olympic spirit' was well and truly alive in some of the Games' youngest competitors.

Fans watched on as Nishiya won the event with a beaming smile, before Leal's heartwarming embrace with her rival.

Fans couldn't get enough of the remarkable sportsmanship shown between the young competitors.

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Nishiya is the second youngest gold medalist in Olympic history after diver Marjorie Gerstring.

The 13-year-old's victory comes after Japan's Yuto Horigome won the men's skateboarding gold on Sunday.

Leal became the youngest ever Brazilian to compete at the Olympics and therefore created history in becoming the youngest Brazilian athlete to win a medal.

The Olympics often inspires a generation to dream and aim to compete in the pinnacle of sport.

Bloomberg reporter Lisa Du pointed out their were two young kids skateboarding outside Ariake Skatepark following Nishiya and Nakayama's medals, showcasing the power of a home Olympics.

On Monday athletes competed again in front of empty stands without roars of approval from fans when they landed difficult moves, as spectators were kept away in Tokyo due to anti-COVID-19 measures.

with Reuters

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