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22-year-old Japanese Yuto Horigome has become the first-ever Olympic skateboarding champion.

TOKYO, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Yuto Horigome of Japan became the first-ever Olympic champion in skateboarding here on Sunday.

The 22-year-old world champion recovered from an uncertain start in the men's street final to claim victory with a total score of 37.18 points.

"I still cannot believe that I was competing at the Olympics. I was really happy that I could do my best skating in Koto City. The Olympics means so much to me," said Horigome.

"When skateboarding officially became an Olympic sport at first I was not thinking about participating or anything. But I had built my way up to the Olympics with everything I have done, and I was really happy to get the gold medal this time."

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The turning point of Horigome's performance came on his fourth trick attempt when he landed an exceptional nollie 270 noseslide that would earn him a competition-best score of 9.5 points out of 10 to erase the low score from his second run and put him into a lead that he would not relinquish.

"I remember thinking, 'I cannot miss the fourth trick'. So I was very focused and believed in what I had done until then. I went for that trick and I landed it," said Horigome.

Brazil's early leader Kelvin Hoefler took silver on 36.15, with bronze going to Jagger Eaton of the United States on 35.35.

Eaton's team-mate Nyjah Huston, pre-event favorite, finished seventh in the eight-man final on 26.10, failing to record a score for his final four tricks after making a strong start.

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