Nyjah Huston top scored in the men's semi-final in Rome ©Getty Images

United States’ Nyjah Huston topped the men’s semi-final standings at the Street Skateboarding World Championships in Rome.

The 26-year-old, billed as the highest paid skateboarder in the world, impressed in the Italian capital to secure a place in tomorrow’s final.

Huston received a score of 35.86 points in the semi-final to top the leaderboard.

The four-time world champion will expect to be in contention for a podium spot tomorrow at the event, which is doubling as a Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier.

Japan’s Yuto Horigome finished second in the semi-finals with a score of 33.46.

The top three was completed by Brazil’s Kevin Hoelfer, who scored 32.11.

Places in the final were earned by American skateboarder Jagger Eaton, Japan’s Sora Shirai and Canada’s Micky Papa.

The remaining spots were secured by Austria’s Matt Berger and American Jake Ilardi.

The women’s semi-finals were held yesterday, with Brazilian teenager Rayssa Leal topping the standings.

Every athlete that finishes on the podium in the men's and women's competition at the event will qualify for skateboarding's Olympic debut.

Olympic ranking points will also be on offer at the World Championships at the Stadio Pietrangeli in the Italian capital's Foro Italico sports complex.

Sixteen men and women will secure a place in the street skateboarding event at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics through the rankings.

Holding the event in Rome forms part of an aim from World Skate to make the Italian city the "Wimbledon of skateboarding."