Nanjing once again hosted another major roller skating event last week. The Chinese city hosted the Park Skateboarding World Championships organised by World Skate barely a year after staging the very first World Roller Games in history.
After two days of training to become fully acquainted with the facilities, the competition kicked off on Wednesday, 31 October with the women’s category in a qualifying session that preceded the finals on Thursday, 1 November.
Japan dominates women’s category
Japan’s Sakura Yosozumi became world champion after beating her compatriot Kisa Nakamura and Australia’s Poppy Starr Olsen, silver and bronze respectively. The remaining five finalists were, in the following order: Jordyn Barratt (USA), Misugu Okamoto (Japan), Bryce Wettstein (USA), Kokona Hiraki (Japan) and Isadora Pacheco (Brazil).
An outstanding star-studded lineup among the 42 women from a total of 18 countries who competed together in the women’s competition, including the participation of some very young skaters such as Catalonia’s Daniela Terol (10 years old) or Julia Benedetti from A Coruña (14).
Barros leads the way
The men’s competition had even more competitors, with a total of 72 skaters from 23 countries participating in the competition from Friday until the anticipated final on Saturday, which crowned the famous skater Pedro Barros.
The Brazilian is having an outstanding 2018 so far and added a first place to his tally ahead of America’s Heimana Reynolds and Australia’s young Keegan Palmer (only 15 years old).
The final podium was hotly disputed and several skaters, in the following order, were on the verge of winning a medal in Nanjing: Jaime Mateu (Spain), Vincent Matheron (France) and Yuto Horigome (Japan). They came in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively and came very close to clinching the bronze medal. Murilo Peres (Brazil) and Ben Hatchell (USA) completed the list of finalists.