Two-time Olympic snowboard silver medalist Ayumu Hirano virtually secured his place at the Tokyo Games in the men’s skateboard park on Friday in a Dew Tour event which is also the final Olympic qualifier.
Skateboarder Ayumu Hirano is pictured in action during a Dew Tour event in Des Moines, Iowa on May 21, 2021 (Kyodo)
Despite finishing 26th, the 22-year-old maintained his lead in the qualifiers for host nation Japan’s only place after Yuro Nagahara finished 30th and Kensuke Sasaoka 49th. The rankings are taken from the qualifying results since 2019.
Of the 20 places available in each of the four skateboarding events – park and street for men and women – one place is reserved in Japan as a host.
After winning his second consecutive Olympic silver medal in men’s snowboard halfpipe in 2018, Hirano expressed a desire to race skateboard during the sport’s Olympic debut in Tokyo.
Last February, Hirano made a winning comeback in competitive snowboarding by winning the men’s halfpipe title at the Aspen Snowmass Open in Colorado, a stop on the US Revolution Tour. It was his first snowboard competition since the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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