The pairing of the qualified athletes, announced today by the International Surfing Federation (ISA), pits Bonvalot against Moore, Peruvian Daniella Rosas and Ecuadorian Dominic Barona, while Yolanda Sequeira will face North American Caroline Marks, vice-p. world champion, Costa Rican Leilani McGonagle and New Zealander Ella Williams. The sport's debut at the Olympic Games is highlighted by John John Florence, from the United States, returned from a serious injury, and the first two pre-designated Brazilians Ítalo Ferreira and Gabriel Medina, with the first five 'seeds' to avoid. each other in the first 'heats'.
The main challenge, according to the ’ranking’, of ‘Kikas’, 17th pre-designated, is Igarachi, a Japanese surfer who lives in Portugal and fourth in the rankings of Tokyo2020, surfing at home. In the female picture, Yolanda Sequeira is the ninth best 'seed', followed by Teresa Bonvalot. The results obtained in the first phase also influence the 'seeding' of the 'round of eight', and the best of the debut may be avoided in the third round.
The first two of each 'poule' advance to the third round, the round of 16, with the last ones disputing the repechage, in two groups of five, of which six of the 10 athletes advance in this phase. Portugal will be represented by 92 athletes, in 17 disciplines, at the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games, which will be played between 23 July and 8 August, after a one-year postponement due to the covid-19 pandemic.