Skateboarder Cui, 13, becomes China’s youngest Asian Games gold medallist

Skateboarder Cui, 13, becomes China’s youngest Asian Games gold medallist

Cui Chenxi, a 13-year-old skateboarder from China, made history on September 27th by becoming the youngest Asian Games gold medallist. She secured the top spot in the women’s street event during the fourth day of competition in Hangzhou. Cui’s impressive performance, which included daring tricks like ‘Ollies’ and a difficult move off a high rail, set her apart from her competitors. Her compatriot Zeng Wenhui, 18, took the silver medal, while Japanese skater Miyu Ito, 16, claimed the bronze. Cui modestly commented, “I did quite well today.”

Cui, who is from China’s Shandong province, started skateboarding in 2020 due to COVID restrictions that prevented her from practicing rollerblading, a sport she had been involved in since she was three years old. The women’s street competition requires skaters to perform daring tricks on a course designed to resemble an urban environment, complete with rails and gaps. The event took place in bright and humid conditions, with dragonflies sharing the air with the competitors as they showcased their skills.

In the women’s street event, skaters had to complete two ‘runs’ followed by five individual ‘tricks’. The final score was determined by adding together each athlete’s highest scoring run and their two highest scoring tricks. Despite being only 24 years old, Margielyn Didal, who won gold for the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games, was the most experienced skater in the final. All of her competitors were 18 years old or younger. Didal was the only athlete in the final who did not have to wear protective equipment, such as a helmet or knee pads, as she was over 18. She humorously remarked, “I don’t feel old because I’m also a bit childish, I just want to mess around. But I feel kind of left out because everyone is wearing helmets and knee pads.”

The article was written by Martin Quin Pollard, a political and general news correspondent based in Beijing. He has extensive experience as a TV reporter and video journalist and is fluent in Mandarin and French. The article also includes additional reporting by Dylan Martinez. The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles are followed in the writing and reporting of the article.

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