Tatiana Weston-Webb confirms favoritism and wins surfing gold at the 2023 Pan American Games

The only member of the circuit World Surf League (WSL) We Pan American Games 2023the Brazilian Tatiana Weston Webb became the big favorite for the gold medal at short board feminine. This Monday, October 30, she confirmed this status and won the competition title.

In the decision, the Brazilian beat the young Canadian Sanoa Dempflé-Olin18 years old, by 12:33 p.m. to 10.13 in the waves of Punta de Lobos, Chile. This was the second confrontation between the two surfers in the competition. In the second round, Tati had already beaten the Canadian athlete by 15.43 to 5.17.

The bronze medal went to the Costa Rican Leilani McGonagle, who lost to the Brazilian in the fourth round and then in the repechage final to define second place by decision, for Dempfle-Olin. And the Brazil’s first medal in competition short board (Olympic modality) in surfing at the Pan American Games.

Additionally, the 2023 Pan American Games distribute a continental quota At Paris 2024 Olympic Games for the champion of each genre. While Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb had already secured a place in the World Surf League season, Dempfle-Olin got the quota – is the first Canadian surfer to achieve this feat.

As National Olympic Committees have exclusive authority over the representation of their respective countries at the Olympic Games, the participation of athletes in the Paris Games depends on the selection of their NOC to represent their delegation at Paris 2024.

The gold medal at the Pan 2023 in Santiago also reflects the great season for the Brazilian surfer. Ranked eighth in the World Surf League, she fought until the last stage to be among the top five who would compete in the final of the competition. Tati too obtained the Olympic quota in Paris 2024 and it was champion of ISA World Surfing Games 2023.

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