With a measly 17 months between now and the beginning of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, we're beginning to get an idea of who'll be competing for gold medal glory in skateboarding's 'street' discipline. The 2018 SLS Super Crown World Championship was pushed into early 2019 and revamped to include a global qualifying round featuring a whopping 80 skateboarders from around the world, some of whom had never featured in Street League before, in a prelude to next year's hectic and convoluted Olympic qualifying campaign. Nyjah Huston beat the lot to claim his fifth World Championship title.
Even with a disappointing eighth-place finish, Japanese wonderkid Yuto Horigome seems to be Nyjah's main rival heading toward 2020. The teenager was off his game in Rio, but has shown more than enough over the last 12 months to prove he's a hot contender for Olympic gold. The regular Brazilian contingent was in full force, with three countrymen in the top eight, but Mark Suciu's fifth-place result came as the biggest surprise. Once openly anti-Street League, Suciu's unfathomable talent and recent arrival on the contest circuit has him a shock contender for the Olympics, where he would undoubtedly be a fan favourite.
The men's division also featured a record number of Australian riders, with Brad Saunders and Ryder Lawson joining Tommy Fynn and the injured Shane O'Neill on the list of Aussie SLS participants. None of them qualified through to finals day, but it gives us a good idea of who the Australian Olympic setup sees as potential Tokyo 2020 representatives.
You can relive all the finals action in the video above.
1st: Nyjah Huston (USA) – 37.6
2nd: Kelvin Hoefler (BRA) – 37.0
3rd: Felipe Gustavo (BRA) – 35.5
4th: Aurelien Giraud (FRA) – 35.3
5th: Mark Suciu (USA) – 33.1
6th: Ivan Monteiro (BRA) – 32.7
7th: Chris Joslin (USA) – 25.7
8th: Yuto Horigome (JPN) – 22.1
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