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Teenager overcomes waves to reach Tokyo Olympic 2020


Caroline is just 17, and she scored 13.83 to beat three-time world champion Carissa Moore, who could only muster 11.67 points in her best two-wave total in tricky conditions at Duranbah Beach in Queensland.

The former told a website that Carissa has always been her hero and she still is. “My first win over Carissa is incredible,” she said.

For the first time, surfing has been included at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, which will be held at Shidashita Beach, otherwise known Shida, which is about 40 miles outside the Japanese capital in the Chiba prefecture. 

The Olympic fields will feature 20 men and 20 women. It is possible that if surfing is extended to the Paris Games in 2024 or Los Angeles in 2028, categories of long boarding, body-boarding or stand-up paddle-boards could be added.

The top 10-ranked men and eight highest-ranked women on the 2019 WSL tour will be among those qualifying for the Tokyo Games.

Caroline Marks competed in the top 16 of the World Surf League and ended 2018 season in 7th place, becoming Rookie of the Year. Marks, who also beat seven-times world champion Stephanie Gilmore in the quarter-finals, continued through the semi-finals beating Malia Manuel, from there proceeding into the final where she defeated three-time world champion, Carissa, to claim her first WSL event title. 


By Versha Kotwal

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