San Salvador, Jun 6 (EFE).- Three Peruvian surfers, one Chilean and one Costa Rican qualified on the beaches of El Salvador this weekend for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Since May 29, some 250 competitors have gathered on the beaches of La Bocana and El Sunzal, in the central Salvadoran town of La Libertad, for Surf City El Salvador in pursuit of the last Tokyo spots in the final Olympics qualifier.
Peruvian Daniella Rosas and her compatriots Lucca Mesinas and Miguel Tudela, Costa Rican Leilani McGonagle and Chilean Manuel Selman all qualified to compete in Tokyo 2020, which will bring together 40 surfers from 17 countries.
Other places in the women’s qualifier were held by surfers from Japan (Mahina Maeda and Amuro Tsuzuki), Portugal (Teresa Bonvalot and Yolanda Sequeira), and France (Pauline Ado).
The five remaining spots in the men’s competition were earned by Peruvians Mesinas and Tudela, the Chilean Selman, the German Leon Glatzer and the Japanese Hiroto Ohhara.
Australian Sally Fitzgibbons and the Frenchman Joan Duru prevailed Sunday as the champions of the qualifying tournament.
Fitzgibbons, 30, who had already guaranteed a spot in Tokyo, dominated the women’s final with a score of 14.10 ahead of Sequeira (silver), Bonvalot (bronze), and Rosas (copper).
Duru, also already qualified for the Olympic Games, obtained 14.94, followed by the Japanese Kanoa Igarashi (silver), Frenchman Jeremy Flores (bronze) and another Japanese, Hiroto Ohhara (copper). EFE