Newcastle teenager Poppy Starr Olsen has won a bronze medal in the first Olympics-sanctioned park skating world championship as the sport gears up for its Games debut.
The 18-year-old was well down in the standings before jumping onto the podium with a strong fourth and final run in Nanjing, China.
Japan’s Sakura Yosozumi and Kisa Nakamura won gold and silver in a competition featuring 42 women from 18 countries on a new Olympic-certified park layout.
Japanese 12-year-old Misugu Okamoto and 10-year-old Kokona Hiraki also made the top-eight finale.
The bronze medal boosts Olsen’s campaign to represent Australia when skating makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020.
The results in Nanjing contribute towards seedings when Olympic qualifying begins in January.
Olsen won the “vert” world championship in Nanjing last year, but the Olympics is restricted to park and street competitions.
The third placing in Nanjing improved on her fifth-place finish at the prestigious Vans Park Series Finals in Suzhou, China, last month.