Brazilian skateboarder Pedro Barros injured his knee Friday during a practice run for the Skateboard Park event. He still managed to pull off the best run in the finals a day later to narrowly beat Ben Hatchell to take the X Games gold medal.
In the finals, Hatchell had the higher score heading into the last run. He converted an impressive string of moves, including a front side inverted 540, a 360 over the main gap of the course and a fakie ollie into a nosegrind.
But the explosiveness and air Barros showed on his final run impressed the judges even more. He overtook Hatchell's high score by one point in the final moments to clinch the victory as Hatchell was unable to get another run before time expired.
Denmark’s Rune Glifberg, a two-time winner of Skateboard Park, finished third in an event that he said was as competitive as it has ever been.