This year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was the most equal, gender-balanced and well-represented ever, according to the International Olympic Committee. Women made up 49 per cent of all participating athletes for the first time in the Olympics’ 125-year history.
Having Japan as the host country also boosted the overall performance of the Asia-Pacific region. Asian athletes brought home 204 medals, and the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and India broke their previous medal hauls. Athletes of Asian descent also set records competing for the US and Canada.
Before the opening ceremony, we profiled Asian female athletes to watch and now we celebrate those who made history and brought pride to the region and their families and fans.
1. Momiji Nishiya
At 13 years old, Momiji Nishiya is Japan’s youngest gold medalist and ensuring that the future of skateboarding—which made its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics—is bright. Nishiya clinched the gold medal at the women’s street event, which had the youngest athletes at the Games competing. Her win also secured Japan’s first-ever women's skateboarding gold on home soil.
The young Olympian said, “I welled up in tears because I was beyond happy,” when describing her feelings upon winning the gold medal.