The Brazilian took the gold medal by beating the Japanese Kanoa Igarashi in the first final of the discipline in the history of the Olympics
TOKYO – The Brazilian Italo Ferreira won today in the surf final of the Tokyo Games in front of the japanese Kanoa Igarashi, And took the first gold medal of this new sport included in the Olympic program.
Ferreira obtained a score of 15.14 points, compared to 6.60 for Igarashi, in the final played this Tuesday on the beach of Tsurigasaki, to the east of Tokyo, and between a strong storm surge caused by the passage of the typhoon Nepartak.
The Brazilian dominated in waves of more than two meters, broken by gusts of northwest wind of up to 30 kilometers per hour, and in a test that began in the Games where the first podium was completed by the Australian Owen wright with bronze.
Ferreira conquered the one who is also the first gold for Brazil in these Games thanks to a brilliant maneuver on the edge of a breaking wave, which earned him a 7.77, and after recovering from a fall in which his board was split in two.
The Japanese failed to reach 7 in any of his attempts in the rough waters off the coast of Chiba, after having dazzled in the previous rounds.
Igarashi He stood in the final by surprise after getting rid of the top favorite, the also Brazilian Gabriel Medina, with a wave of 9.33 points in his semifinal, while Ferreira had undone the Australian Wright without much fanfare after setting an almost perfect wave (9.73 points) in quarters.
Medina, despite presenting himself as world number one, he finished fourth when he fell in the fight for bronze with Wright, with a score of 11.77 for the Brazilian star and 11.97 for the third medalist.