Cheng Du - SA’s first international gold medalist and Guinness World record
Johannes, successfully returned to the FISE World Series
podium following the most heated final of his career, this past weekend in Cheng Du, China.
After finishing first in the Am Street Division qualifying
rounds on Saturday, Johannes
went on to compete in a grueling final round where he stood in a three-way tie
with China’s Qun Xiang Gao and Sun Sunkunkun, after two perfect final runs. By a single point, Johannes proudly walked away with a silver
medal, making this his second international medal and SA’s only skater to step
onto an international podium.
“This was undoubtedly the highest level of finals I've
ever competed under because in almost in every other event I can tell where I
stand in the finals. I’m proud to have represented SA as the only African
competitor, contests such as FISE gives me the priceless opportunity to compete
with the best skateboarders in the world and undoubtedly puts my mind in the
right place with the Olympics around the corner!” said Johannes.
As one of only three SA’s skateboarders qualified to
compete on the international circuit, Johannes currently ranks among
the Top 50 riders in Europe, Top 100 Action
Sports Athletes in the world and Top 20 in
the World Skateboarding Championships in Kimberley’s
PRO Open division.
Similarly, Johannes made skateboarding history
when he successfully landed a 3-metre gap between two containers suspended 10
metres in the air and followed this up with becoming the first SA skater
to cross the never-skateboarded-before Liesbeek River with three back-to-back
Next up Johannes will be taking part in the sought
after PROJAM International Open in
Bali, set for December 2, 2017.