Team USA's Carissa Moore won the first ever women’s surfing gold medal in Olympics history on Tuesday, defeating South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag in the final.
The four-time world champion and world No.1 sealed a comprehensive victory to enter the Olympic history books.
Moore scored waves of 7.33 and 7.60 to surpass Buitendag’s total score of 8.46.
The 28-year-old had already endeared herself to the Japanese public ahead of the Games by delivering a thank you speech in Japanese to the city of Makinohara for hosting the pre-Olympic Games training camp.
In a press release from US Surfing, Moore said she practiced the speech all night and wanted to show her appreciation for the city hosting the team.