If this is the future then the Olympics are in good hands. That’s the lesson from the women’s skateboarding park final in Tokyo, where the event’s first-ever medals were handed out at its Games debut. There was drama as 13-year-old Sky Brown shredded her way into the medals with a resounding third and final run, preventing the hosts enjoying all three spots on this first Olympic podium. Brown – who decided to compete for Britain over Japan, the country of her birth – posted a score of 56.47 to move up from fourth place. Her bronze run capped a remarkable comeback, not least because the teenager suffered a fall in training last June that left her with a fractured skull and was “lucky to be alive”. “I’m so happy. I fell twice [trying the kickflip indy] and I was like, ‘That’s kinda sketchy’, so I was like, ‘I gotta make it‘. And I didn’t really think I was going to make it but I did it, and I’m so happy,” Brown said. “It was unbelievable. Even right now it feels like a dream. It’s insane. I’m so happy and so thankful and so proud of every one of the other girls, too.” Brown’s effort moved Japan’s Misugu Okamoto, the final skater to go, into fourth and her fine run ended with a fall to leave her just outside the medals. Okamoto was given a hero’s welcome out of the bowl though, being picked up and held aloft by her fellow skaters – just another sign of many of how supportive these young women are of one another. Every single run ended in hugs from their fellow competitors with the skaters’ support staff also similarly friendly. It was Japan’s Sakura Yosozumi who won gold with 60.09 followed in silver by the 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki on 59.04. She becomes the country’s youngest medallist following the gold won in the women’s street skating by 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya. “I’m so happy to be able to win the gold medal at the first Olympic Games for skateboard park,” she said. “I think doing the back-to-back 540s was the reason that I got the best score of today. “I hope skateboarding is going to be very popular in Japan because of the strong performances of the Japanese team.” Yosozumi, a relative veteran at 19, was one of the oldest in the field, where Brazil’s Yndiara Asp was the oldest skater at 23. They should all be around for Paris in three years’ time. For an Olympics with no spectators, the Ariake Urban Sports Park seemed like the least empty venue yet with the Olympic family and media creating an atmosphere befitting of the elite sport that the skaters served up. It also answered a question on how the locals feel about these Games. The Japanese flag was flying high from the windows and balconies of several of the flats in the residential block overlooking the action and those watching had plenty to celebrate.