uSa top meDal tablE as world Urban gamEs budaPest 2019 draWs to a cloSe
Budapest, Hungary, 15 September 2019 – Team USA finished top of the medal table as the first World Urban Games Budapest 2019 closed in spectacular style on Sunday evening.
It was a fantastic finish to what has been a memorable first edition of the Games for both athletes and fans. And medals in BMX freestyle and 3×3 basketball on the final day of competition ensured that the USA ended the Games top of the standings, with three gold, two silver and two bronze.
In the BMX freestyle, Hannah Roberts from the USA scored an incredible 93 points on her first run to secure gold. With her podium place already secure, the 17-year old used her second run as a victory lap to wow the crowd with a number of gravity-defying tricks. Minato Oike (JPN) and Liszurley Villegas (COL) finished in second and third respectively.
The last medal event on the BMX and Roller Freestyle Park was the men’s BMX freestyle, which was won by Australian Brandon Loupos with a monster score of 94.10. Loupos beat out compatriot Logan Martin (93.40), who had led during qualifying, and the USA’s Justin Dowell (93.20).
Evguenii Aroian took gold in the men’s parkour freestyle event, after a higher execution score proved to be the difference between the Russian and Krystian Kowalewski of Poland. Both men scored 25.00 on their runs, but Aroian’s superior execution was enough to land gold. Greece’s Dimitris Kyrsanidis (24.00) finished in third.
Spain’s Steffany Navarro denied Aleksandra Shevchenko (RUS) a World Urban Games double gold as a time of 14.54 seconds ensured Navarro top spot in the women’s parkour speed event. Shevchenko had triumphed in the freestyle competition on Saturday but had to settle for silver after finishing in 15.73 seconds. Stephania Zitis (AUS) finished with bronze after a run of 15.74 seconds.
In the 3×3 basketball, the last event of the 2019 World Urban Games, France beat Russia 21-13 in the men’s final to take gold. The same teams also met in the women’s final, with Russia coming out on top 17-13. Ukraine claimed bronze in the men’s event, while China finished third in the women’s competition to secure their place on the podium.
For a full breakdown of results, please click here.
Spectators made the most of the Urban Games Park by taking part in the demonstration and introductory sessions put on by International Federations throughout the day. The Games officially closed with a live performance from American rapper Talib Kweli on the Music Stage.
GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli said:
“Today in the market hall I saw young kids practicing sports like BMX and breaking, and some of these kids wanted to be like their role models, the athletes they have seen win medals here. This is amazing.
“We have been able to offer a great platform for sports. We have seen the top level of athletes and I have been hugely impressed with these spectacular disciplines. What we have seen here is authentic and I am very proud of what we have achieved.”