Gabriel Medina and Italo Ferreira are classified for the men’s surf semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics. The two-time world champion beat Frenchman Michel Bourez, while the current world champion beat Japanese Hiroto Ohhara in his heat.
The four Tokyo semi-finalists belong to the current elite of the World Surfing. Gabriel Medina will face the Japanese Kanoa Igarashi, currently sixth in the ranking, at 23:48 (GMT) this Monday (26), while Italo Ferreira will face the experienced Owen Wright (20th), from Australia, ahead, soon after, at 00:24. “It’s WCT drums. I’m used to it. Let’s do it,” said Medina in an interview with SporTV.
Like Medina and Italo in the semi, Brazil is already guaranteed at least the bronze medal. They can face each other in the final (which guarantees the gold and silver), in the dispute for third place (which guarantees the bronze), or, if one of them falls in the semi and the other advances to the final, Brazil will have the minus the guaranteed silver.
“I don’t want bronze, I want gold, I’m here to win,” said Italo Ferreira after the race. “There are a lot of opportunities in there, I entered very confident, and I built it wave by wave and that makes me confident. There are two batteries to go and it is to continue in the footsteps and go up,” he added.
Medina also promises to work in the aftermath of the competition. “It’s a dream. That was my goal when I came here, to be in the final, and, God willing, win the gold. It’s getting close, it’s to stay focused because every heat is difficult,” said Medina.
Medina passed by Michel Bourez
Gabriel Medina had 15.33 points in his quarterfinal heat, against 13.66 for Frenchman Michel Bourez. The day started with rain and a lot of wind, but waves of over two meters for surfers.
“We came here thinking it would be ripple and there are high waves, it’s big, and that’s good because you can take chances. We’re happy to have waves. Now it’s time to continue in this vibe and everything will be all right,” said Medina.
Italo beats local surfer
In the heat on the quarterfinals, Italo had 16.30 points (9.73 and 6.57 in the two best waves), against 11.90 for the opponent (6.73 and 5.17). The Brazilian opened the dispute with a very high air, which earned a 9.73 mark. Ohhara responded with a 5.17 and put a second lower score in the total, which kept the 2019 world champion at the top of the heat.
Italo increased the advantage with a 3.50 and left the Japanese needing a note above 8 to turn the heat. The Brazilian made life even more difficult for Ohhara when he received a 5.00 mark after two rips, which made his opponent need a 9.57.
In the final stretch, the Japanese came to be in the combination with two good waves from Italo and didn’t react anymore. “The 10 is saved, if God allows it, in the final I’ll make it”, nailed Italo.
Early endings by typhoon
It is worth remembering that the Tokyo Olympics organizers decided to anticipate the finals of the surfing tournament by one day because of the approach of a typhoon off the Japanese coast. fair in Japan (Monday night and Tuesday morning in Brazil).