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American Cory Juneau wins bronze in inaugural men's skateboarding

Cory Juneau wins an Olympic bronze medal on Thursday in Tokyo. Photo courtesy of Team USA/Twitter 
Cory Juneau wins an Olympic bronze medal on Thursday in Tokyo. Photo courtesy of Team USA/Twitter 

Aug. 4 (UPI) -- American Cory Juneau won the bronze medal in the inaugural Olympic men's skateboarding finals on Thursday after just sneaking into the event through qualifications.

The 22-year-old American made it into the finals by less than a point earlier in the day during qualifications, but he left the bowl at Tokyo's Ariake Park with a bronze medal to his name after finishing third among eight finalists with a score of 84.13.

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Keegan Palmer, 18, of Australia won gold with a score of 95.83 and Brazil's Pedro Barros, 26, finished second with a score of 86.14.

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The American's bronze-medal skate was his second of three attempts in the bowl at Tokyo's Ariake Park that included a 540 and a heelflip indy among a series of grinds during his 45 seconds that was solid but not enough to move into second.

Palmer was the only skater to post scores in the 90s, earning a 94.04 on his first run and a 95.83 on his third in which he performed a kickflip body varial 540 along with other aerials and some technical grinds.

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Barros' silver-medal skate was his very first attempt that included three different 540s including a 540 stalefish to start the run.

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The event was held a day after Japan dominated in the Olympic women's park skateboarding on Wednesday with Sakura Yosozumi, 19, won gold, Kokona Hiraki, 12, won silver and Britain's Sky Brown, 13, won bronze.

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540 stale fish

on Thursday in Tokyto

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At the Ariake Park bowl

ATMPE

Cory Juenea first run set an 86

a couple grinds and a big jump

PALMER

Fast skater, 540 tail grab over a transfer

backside tail siled through a corner

solid 45 seconds

Padro

540 stail fish to start

difficult grinds

three different 540 three different grabs

86.14

Quintas

Second Attempt

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