It was a very close thing. With 10 minutes left in the heat, Medina needed 4.54 points to gain the lead over his opponent. He lost priority to Wright after failing to escape a barrel, and the exchanges that followed did nothing to improve Medina’s score over Wright’s. With under two minutes left, Wright took what looked like the last wave of the Final, leaving Medina 5.91 points behind. But just when the outcome seemed certain and final, Medina caught the best barrel of the heat, scoring 7.33 and winning the Tahiti Pro by 1.43 points.
It was Gabriel Medina’s second Teahupo’o win, and it moves him from third place to second on the Jeep Leaderboard, well within striking distance of the World Championship. Current World Number 1 Filipe Toledo, also from Brazil, is 6,300 points ahead.
Though Owen Wright finished only runner-up in Tahiti, he did achieve a significant boost in his Leaderboard standing, shooting up from 11th place to sixth. While admitting that second place was a sting, he is grateful to be back in the Final, and has nothing but congratulations for Medina.
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