An aerial move to defeat Brazil in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. Japan’s Kanova Igarashi stunned world number one Gabriel Medina on Tuesday.
Igarashi has no hope of capturing Medina in just over six minutes, compared to the 30-minute race, and is a gold medalist.
But home favorite Egarashi was better than that and he added himself to an Air 360 and landed to score 9.33. That’s enough to lift Medina in the final.
“In the air, I felt like I was helping myself. I felt my heart and my lungs and just applied the brakes for landing. I felt like I was more than a jumbo jet,” said Egrashi. Be a gymnast. “
“As soon as I landed, I knew it was the biggest moment of my career.”
Egarashi will face Brazil’s Atalo Ferreira in the final at the end of Tuesday, as organizers continue their one-day medal race to take advantage of the approaching hurricane waves. Let’s move on.
In the women’s final, world number one Carissa Moore of the United States will face Bianca Beattenag, followed by an unbeaten South African Caroline Marks in the semi-finals.
Igarashi had almost no success after Medina took a seemingly invincible lead with a brave move that he celebrated with a shrug of his shoulders.
“I was just surprised I got a chance,” said Igarashi, whose father grew up surfing on the same beach about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Tokyo.
“I went to the airport as much as I could and landed. It was a very important moment.”
2019 World Champion Ferreira defeated Owen Wright of Australia in the second semi-final.
Egarashi started the day by eliminating Andino, the last American to leave the men’s event, and the United States suffered another blow when Marx lost to Bytendag in the women’s semifinals.
South Africa – 17 of the top 20 – had already knocked out seven-time world champion Stephanie Glamor of Australia on Monday.
And when he finished world number six, the giant killer claimed another skull.
“Still, the underdog hasn’t changed much,” Beauting said.
“A lot of things are falling apart at the same time. I don’t believe in luck, so I guess there’s some kind of plan here and I still don’t see how it works.”
Moore defeated Amuro Suzuki of Japan to join Boiteng in the final.
“I think the hardest thing about this kind of situation is the peak of any determination,” Moore said.
“There’s no denying that all the waves are coming, so it’s very random. It’s just that sometimes it can be hard to get out of control.”