American Carissa Moore wins first-ever women's Olympic gold in surfing
Team USA's Carissa Moore won gold in the inaugural Olympic women's surfing final, at the Tokyo Games on Tuesday.
Of note: Brazil's Italo Ferreira won the gold medal in the first-ever men's Olympic surfing contest.
The big picture: The surfing finals were brought forward a day due to the threat of Tropical Storm Nepartak, which caused some unpredictable surf.
- Moore, a four-time world champion surfer from Hawaii, was touted as a gold-medal favorite ahead of the finals.
- The other women's surfing medals went to South Africa's Bianca Buitendag (silver) and Japan's Amuro Tsuzuki (bronze).
- In the men's contest, Japan's Kanoa Igarashi won silver and Australia's Owen Wright took the bronze.
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Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of the silver and bronze winners in both contests and further context.