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Inline Vert Wrap-Up Report
2004 X Games in Los Angeles
A wrap-up report from ESPN for the aggressive inline vert competition at
the 2004 X Games will be posted here on or after August 7, 2004.
Marco de Santi, Takeshi Yasutoko, Eito Yasutoko
Photo Credit: Brian Konoske/Shazamm/ESPN Images
YASUTOKO'S KEEP SIBLING RIVALRY IN-LINE
Takeshi Outduels Brother Eito for Gold in Vert at X Games X
Los Angeles, California - Things always seem to come down to the
Yasutoko brothers in the Aggressive In-Line Skate Vert competition.
And Saturday's final at X Games X was no different.
This time it was younger brother
Takeshi Yasutoko (Kobe City, Japan) who
claimed his second ever gold after landing a double Viking flip for
the first time for a score of 95.75. Older brother
Eito Yasutoko had a chance
to better the score with the final run of the day that included a
1080 California roll, but fell short and finished in third just
Marco de Santi (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
"I'm so happy," said Takeshi. "My first run was perfect for me.
Before the competition I was so nervous and after my first run I was
still nervous because my brother still had to go."
Lost in all of the sibling rivalry was de Santi's near-flawless
second run that included a flat rocket, double flat spin and double
backflip that pushed him in the silver medal spot (his first ever)
with a score of 92.75 ? just .25 ahead of Eito.
"My first run was not that good and I was waiting to pull my tricks
together and I did it," de Santi said.
Eito improved his career X Games medal count to six - which includes
three golds - despite not being able to best his younger brother.
"Takeshi was so good in practice before this competition," Eito said.
"I am very happy for him (that) he did it. But watch out for next year.
I just can't beat him without a new trick."
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, X Games X is the world's
premier action sports competition featuring more than 150 of the world's
best athletes competing in: Aggressive In-line Skate, Bike Stunt, Moto X,
Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard. The event is being held August 5-8,
2004 in Los Angeles with live primetime daily coverage on ESPN and ABC
Sports. SportsCenter, ESPN's flagship daily news program, will also report
LIVE from X Games X from August 5-7 for the first time in X Games history.
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