Surfing debuts at the Olympics this year. Australians like Julian Wilson and Stephanie Gilmore have a big shot at gold….
Surfing debuts at the Olympics this year. Australians like Julian Wilson and Stephanie Gilmore have a big shot at gold.
Owen Wright will surf for a medal on Tuesday afternoon after successfully seeing off Peruvian rival Lucca Mesinas in the quarterfinals at Tsurigasaki Beach.
Wright, 31, continued his good form from Monday’s afternoon session producing scores of 6.67 and 6.07 to progress through to a semi-final match-up with Brazilian Italo Ferreira.
Earlier, Ferreira produced the highest heat score of the Olympics (16.30) to knock out Japan’s Hiroto Ohhara.
The winner of the Wright/Ferreira semi-final at 1.24pm AEST will progress through to the gold medal match-up and the loser relegated to the bronze medal playoff.
Fellow Aussie Sally Ftizgibbons will surf her quarterfinal at 12.12pm AEST against Amuro Tsuzuki of Japan for a place in the women’s semi-finals.
Originally published asWright on cusp of historic Olympic medal