TravelSIM Team Australia Wins Back-to-Back Team Gold Medals in the ISA China Cup
Monday, 28 January 2013
TravelSIM Team Australia won the Team Gold Medal for the second consecutive year in the ISA China Cup today. Brazil placed a close second, earning the Silver Medal, Hawaii won the Bronze Medal and France took the Copper Medal to complete the team results.
In a dramatic end to the Women's Final, Hawaii's Alessa Quizon was in the lead with the clock winding down, when she dropped in on her fellow surfer and was called for an interference.
This untimely move caused Quizon to drop to second place, allowing Australia's Phillipa Anderson to take the win. Anderson (15.26) got the Gold Medal, defeating Quizon (12.56), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS, 8.53) and Nage Melamed (HAW, 6.40).
Women's Gold Medalist Phillipa Anderson selflessly remarked about her team's win.
"We didn't really care about individuals we just wanted to get the gold for Australia so this helps a lot," she said.
In an action-packed Men's final, Australian Mitch Crews accrued a 14.64 total to finish second behind Brazil's Michael Rodrigues. Vincent Duvignac (FRA, 12.43) finishing in third with fellow Australian Connor O'Leary (AUS, 9.10) in fourth.
Australia's coach Martin Dunn remarked about his winning team.
"We brought a mixed bag of experienced WQS surfers and some young surfers who we think are going places in the sport," he said.
"We came here and we expected the waves to be similar to last year with the long left hander and unfortunately that didn't occur, but to be successful, you have to able to surf anything and it's great that our surfers proved that."
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Gold- Philippa Anderson (AUS)- 15.26
Silver- Alessa Quizon (HAW)- 12.56
Bronze- Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)- 8.53
Copper- Nage Melamed (HAW)- 6.40
Gold- Michael Rodrigues (BRA)- 17.00
Silver- Mitch Crews (AUS)- 14.64
Bronze- Vincent Duvignac (FRA)- 12.43
Copper- Connor O'Leary (AUS)- 9.10
Final ISA China Cup Team Rankings
1. Australia- 13,000
2. Brazil- 11,718
3. Hawaii- 10,140
4. France- 9,836
5. Japan- 9,320
6. USA- 8,570
7. Peru- 8,270
8. Portugal- 8,242
Surfing Australia would like to recognise the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), TravelSIM and Suncorp for their continuing support of the Team Australia Program.