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Teenage sensation Marks ends second overall as both qualify for Tokyo 2020.
American Carissa Moore did just enough in the final 2019 World Surf League event on home water in Maui to win her fourth Women’s Championship Tour title as compatriot Caroline Marks also earned a spot at the Tokyo Olympics. Here is all you need to know:
– Moore headed into the 10th and final stop of the 2019 season needing to finish ahead of rivals Marks and Lakey Peterson to secure her fourth world title.
– Peterson did not manage to get into the quarter-finals on Monday, however Moore and Marks did to seal their places in the American team when surfing makes its eagerly anticipated debut at the 2020 Olympics.
– When Marks lost out to seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore in the last eight and Moore won her heat over Australian Nikki Van Dijk, it ensured the title went to Moore again in front of a packed home crowd.
– Gilmore went on to beat Moore in their semi-final, then got the better of fellow Australian Tyler Wright (2016 and 2017 world champion) in the final to win the lululemon Maui Pro and lock up fourth overall for 2019.
– Moore was women’s world champion in 2011, 2013 and 2015 with her 2019 victories coming at the Corona Open J-Bay in July and the Roxy Pro France in October.
– Moore, 27, revealed: “I was trying to maintain focus, knowing I had another heat coming up. This has not only been three years of work, but three years of learning and growing. I have so many friends and family here and I want to share it with them.”
– Only legend Kelly Slater has won more world titles than Moore among American men or women with 17-year-old Florida sensation Marks shocking 2018’s world No. 2 Peterson to book her flight to Japan next year.
2019 World Surf League women’s final standings:
1) Carissa Moore USA 59,940 points
2) Caroline Marks USA 55,545
3) Lakey Peterson USA 55,125
4) Stephanie Gilmore AUS 49,810
5) Sally Fitzgibbons AUS 48,950