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Brazil’s Medina Overcomes Toledo, Shark Scare to Win 3rd World Title

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Brazil’s Gabriel Medina won his third surfing World Championship on Tuesday, beating countryman Filipe Toledo in a new, best of three final format in perfect Southern Californian surf on Tuesday. Not even the appearance of a 6 foot (1.8m) shark in the last heat could unsettle Medina, who qualified in the top spot for the five-man, one-day event, giving him the luxury of a direct passage to the finale at Lower Trestles, in San Clemente. Hawaii’s Carissa Moore, the reigning Olympic and world champion, capped a dominant year to win her fifth world title over Brazil’s Tatiana Weston-Webb in the women’s final. Under a new format introduced this year, the men and women ranked in the top five after seven events qualified for the one-day event at Southern California’s premier high-performance reef break. Both Medina and Toledo unleashed an array of powerful slashing turns and progressive aerial manoeuvres in the …

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