Is Australia Sending The Wrong Surfers To The Olympics?
Morgan Cibilic’s recent CT performances say yes.
For the second CT event in a row, Morgan Cibilic has eliminated the competitive surfing powerhouse, John John Florence. Despite his youth, the Merewether native is winning at an unprecedented pace; one noticeably quicker than that of Julian Wilson and Owen Wright, the two male Australian surfers heading to the Tokyo Olympics.
According to The Australian:
Cibilic would be getting an Olympic tracksuit and wetsuit if the selection criteria weren’t two years old. The 21-year-old is smashing Wilson and Wright on the rankings, and tellingly he beat Wilson when they went head-to-head at Narrabeen. He wasn’t even on tour in 2019. He roared into the quarter-finals at Narrabeen by taking out Hawaii’s revered Florence – an almost unbackable prospect for the Olympic podium – by 15.77 points to 11.77.
It’s too late to swap Morgan Cibilic into the Olympic Roster, but his recent heat wins hold a lot of promise for the future. He won’t be getting a gold medal for the foreseeable future, but maybe a world title will suffice.
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