2023 Street League Skateboarding Sydney: Chloe Covell and Felipe Gustavo Secure Thrilling Wins

An Emotional Triumph for Gustavo at Last

Felipe Gustavo experienced a surge of emotions as he claimed the top spot on the podium, a surprise to even himself after some mixed scores in the preceding three rounds.

As the competition neared its climax, Nyjah Huston held second place, with his compatriot, Chris Jordan, not far ahead in the lead.

Jordan’s impressive score of 9.0 elevated him to the top, leaving Huston requiring an 8.0 to surpass him. However, the renowned American skateboarder, recovering from a bout of food poisoning, landed awkwardly, placing him in third position.

Next up was the seasoned skateboarder, Gustavo, who needed an 8.5 to secure victory. In a heart-pounding moment, he executed a flawless nollie flip frontside noseslide that prompted his fellow skaters, including Leal and Huston, to rush to him in celebration before the score was even revealed.

With the Brazilian flag clutched in one hand, the 2018 world bronze medalist couldn’t contain his joy as he knelt on the ground, ultimately receiving an 8.8 for a winning total of 35.4, a mere 0.4 points ahead of Jordan.

Even Olympic champion Horigome Yuto finished behind in fifth place.

An emotional Gustavo shared his feelings after the victory, saying, I dream about this every day of my life. I knew it was coming close, everybody always rooted for me, everybody wanted me to win, but it wasn’t my time but God’s time. I worked so hard for this, and I am so thankful… everybody from my hometown, we did,” he added, tapping the trophy.

The SLS Championship comprises three legs, with skaters vying for a chance to qualify for the Super Crown World Championship in Brazil at the end of the year.

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Reference:

https://olympics.com/en/news/2023-street-league-skateboarding-chicago-preview-schedule-how-to-watch

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