What a Tuesday to get excited about! If you’re up and grooving to the news of South Africa’s victory at the Tokyo Olympics thus far – we don’t blame you! Bianca Buitendag made the final of the women’s surfing, and we couldn’t be more excited, which means that Team SA can prepare to bag a second medal!
— Team South Africa (@TeamSA2020) July 27, 2021
The 27-year-old who comes from Victoria Bay on the Garden Route gave seven-time world champion, Stephanie Gilmore a run for her money after knocking her out to reach the quarter-finals on Monday.
Buitendag scored 7.10 in the first wave and 6.83 in the second wave to total 13.93 points. This was more than enough to beat Gilmore, who hails from Australia by 3.93 points.
Buitendag went on to defeat Portugal’s Yolanda Hopkins 9.50 to 5.46 in her quarter-final, and maintained her winning streak with a 11.00 to 3.67 victory over America’s Caroline Marks in the semi-final.
She will will face America’s Carissa Moore in the final, which is set to take place at 09:31 (SA time) on Tuesday morning.
This news comes after Tatjana Schoenmaker secured South Africa’s first medal, claiming silver in the women’s 100m breaststroke. What a force!