The surfing competition at Tsurigasaki beach has produced a major shock after Australia’s Steph Gilmore, the seven-time world champion and current world No 5, was bundled out on Monday morning. Gilmore had looked in good nick when competition got under way on Sunday, but her medal hopes fell apart 24 hours later in her third round heat against South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag. Buitendag had single wave scores of 6.83 and 7.10 to move ahead of Gilmore, who could not respond in the 14 minutes remaining in the heat.
Gilmore’s exit leaves Australian hopes in the women’s competition with Sally Fitzgibbons, who faces Pauline Ado of France later on.
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