Hunter Pflueger (USA) and Julen Marticorena (FRA) showed their dominance in prone racing for the second day in a row. Pflueger won his first Prone Technical Race gold medal, while defending champion Marticorena collected silver in an exact repeat of yesterday’s Prone Distance Race.
Pflueger and Marticorena managed to stay neck-and-neck for almost the entirety of the three laps on the 5km long technical course, until a knock from a wave almost took Marticorena out on the home stretch. By that point Pflueger had already made his break with a sprint to the finish.
“You’ve gotta play it smart,” Pflueger said. “There’s waves, so that opens up the door for anything to happen. And, as we saw in the race, anything can happen.”
Andrew Newton (NZL) held third place for the majority of the course to win the bronze medal, while Andrew Byatt (GBR) matched his 2019 performance, as well as yesterday’s Prone Distance Race, to win his third copper medal.
The Boy’s SUP Technical Race started out tightly contested, but it did not finish that way. Vaic Garioud (FRA) made a break during the first of three laps and kept an error-free pace through rough conditions that knocked other racers out of competition entirely.
For the most part Campbell Carter (USA) held strong in second position, but it was Nariakira Shimazu (JPN) who stood out. After tangling his board leash around a buoy on the first lap, Shimazu fell to 8th place, yet still made up a huge distance to finish just 45 seconds behind Garioud and claim the silver medal. Carter was close behind in bronze, with Lucas Simoncelli (ESP) a more distant fourth to take the copper medal.
“I’m super happy to be part of this French team here in Puerto Rico,” Garioud said. “I got that gold medal. Hopefully I’ll be part of the 2028 Olympic Games in SUP. That would be my dream.”
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:
“The outstanding performances from our passionate junior athletes shows that the future is incredibly bright for SUP Technical Racing. What a sight it would be to see these young men and women have the opportunity to win the ultimate gold medals for their nations at the LA 2028 Olympic Games.
“It will be so exciting to see who comes out on top in the Relay Race tomorrow, as we determine the Team champions after such a thrilling week of action in Puerto Rico.”
Men’s Prone Technical Race
Gold – Hunter Pflueger (USA)
Silver – Julen Marticorena (FRA)
Bronze – Andrew Newton (NZL)
Copper – Andrew Byatt (GBR)
Women’s Prone Technical Race
Gold – Judit Vergés (ESP)
Silver – Cornelia Rigatti (ITA)
Bronze – Yurika Horibe (JPN)
Copper – Rebecca Baron (NZL)
Boy’s SUP Technical Race
Gold – Vaic Garioud (FRA)
Silver – Nariakira Shimazu (JPN)
Bronze – Campbell Carter (USA)
Copper – Lucas Simoncelli (ESP)
Girl’s SUP Techinical Race
Gold – Cecilia Pampinella (ITA)
Silver – Sonia Caimari (ESP)
Bronze – Soryn Preston (USA)
Copper – Yu Tachibana (JPN)
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