19/04/2024
Keegan Palmer

Keegan Palmer wins Australia's first skateboarding gold at Tokyo 2020 (credit Aus Olympic Team twitter)

Australia has taken another gold medal. Keegan Palmer won gold in the men's skateboarding final in a huge run scoring 95.83.

He was a boy going for gold can it be any more obvious. It has been another huge day for Australia at Tokyo 2020, with Keegan Palmer securing Australia’s second Gold Medal of the day. At only 18 years of age, Palmer has won gold in the men’s skateboarding in what can only be described as a perfect run. He took the gold medal with a massive score of 95.83, a huge nine points more than the silver medal winner.

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As skateboarding made its debut at the Olympic Games, Keegan Palmer etched his name into the history books and instantly became a household name down under. The 18-year old brought speed and huge air to his winning run in a run that would make even Tony Hawk proud. Palmer will no doubt have a long and fruitful Olympic career with skateboarding here to stay.

This is Australias 17th gold medal and second of the day after winning the K-2 1000m Sprint. Tokyo 2020 is looking to be one of Australia’s most successful games of all time.

Palmer was born in the United States and moved onto the Gold Coast at an early age. The Gold Coast lifestyle has clearly paid off for the young man, who dominated his competition. While he is only ranked seventh in the world today, he was by far the number one.

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It was in his final run in which Keegan Palmer made his huge run of 95.83. However, his first run would have also been enough to take the gold medal. It was the speed and height of his run which impressed the judges most. His first trick of an indy 540 started his run with a bang.

His final run was more to impress than to win, with his first run almost guaranteeing a gold medal. While Australia is his adopted country, he finished in truer Aussie style. Being ruthless to the very end. The most impressive thing was the way his fellow competitors got around him after the massive run.

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This Tokyo 2020 gold medal adds to Palmer’s Australian title from 2020. This gold looks like it will just be the beginning for Palmer, who will undoubtedly have a long and successful career ahead of him.

The gold medal from Palmer equals Australia’s best-ever gold medal haul at the Olympics. Equalling the 17 gold won at Athens 2004.

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