Two of NSW’s surfers have won their round 3 heats to reach the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games quarter finals.
The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) supported Sally Fitzgibbons and Owen Wright put on solid displays at the Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach in very challenging conditions to reach the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games quarter finals.
NSWIS supported Stephanie Gilmore started off the action for the Irukandjis at the knockout stages, but she came up against South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag in superb form and her strong 7.10 from wave one and 6.83 from wave two were enough to take victory against Gilmore. Sally Fitzgibbons then entered the frame and with two solid 5 point waves had enough to beat France’s Pauline Ado.
The days surfing then moved to the men’s event and with conditions deteriorating and swells becoming choppier officials postponed the competition to later in the day with conditions looking better, fortunately the green light was given and surfing resumed undoubtedly a challenging time for all athletes required to re-focus.
Julian Wilson took on the world number one ranked surfer in the shape of Brazil’s Gabriel Medina, the contest was a fierce one and Medina put down a strong first wave of 7.50 and followed it up with a 6.83. Wilson left nothing in the tank and finished his round with a strong aerial trick in the final minute which commentators had as being close to the winning mark. Unfortunately this was not the case, Wilson finished with a score of 13.00 and Medina secured his quarter final spot with 14.33.
Wright had to wait until the early evening to enter the frame with darkness fast approaching Tokyo, this was however of no concern for Wright as he amassed a total score of 15.00 from a 7.83 on wave one and 7.17 on wave two respectively. In return France’s Jeremy Flores scored a total 12.90. Wright’s winning total was also the highest score of the day and positions him strongly for the quarter finals.
Next up for Wright and Fitzgibbons are the quarter finals taking place on Tuesday 27th morning, the semi finals then follow and with officials re scheduling the competition the medal matches will now also take place on Tuesday 27th late afternoon and into the evening.