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Tokyo 2020: Japan’s Horigome crowned first skateboarding champion

Japan's Yuto Horigome says he will hang his gold medal on his Pokemon stuffed toy after he unveiled a wonder-trick to become the very first skateboarding Olympic champion, adding the victory in his hometown of Tokyo was 'very meaningful'.

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