Wright, Fitzgib­bons stand­ing above the pack

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AUSTRALIAN Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgib­bons have held onto top spots in the world women’s surf­ing ti­tle race but Amer­i­can chal­lenger Court­ney Con­logue has moved up into third place af­ter mak­ing the semi- fi­nal at the US Open.

Con­logue, a pre- sea­son favourite for the world ti­tle the last two years, was knocked out of the Hunt­ing­ton Beach event by even­tual win­ner and fel­low Amer­i­can Sage Erick­son.

Had she won the event, Con­logue would have taken the lead in the race for the 2017 women’s world crown of surf­ing. But her third place at the tour­na­ment saw her knock Australian Stephanie Gil­more out of third place in the rank­ings with four events left. The race for the 2017 world ti­tle is one of the clos­est seen in re­cent years. Con­logue is the only woman to have won two events with Wright, Gil­more, Fitzgib­bons and Erick­son all win­ning one each.

Pro surfer Sally Fitzgib­bons.

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