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|Stephanie Gilmore Wins Mancora Peru Classic|
|Thursday, 08 November 2007|
ASP World Tour
MANCORA, Peru (Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007) – Rookie sensation and current ratings leader on the 2007 ASP Women’s World Tour, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), scored an incredible last-minute victory over reigning and seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS) to claim the inaugural Mancora Peru Classic.
With conflicting swell forecasts circling the venue this morning, event organizers and competitors elected to run the Quarterfinals, the Semifinals and the Final today, in order to make the most of the conditions on hand.
Gilmore, who took down compatriot Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) and Peruvian icon Sofia Mulanovich in her Quarterfinal and Semifinal heats earlier today, was in need of a solid 7.20 out of a possible 10 in the dying moments of the Final. With less than a minute to go, Gilmore spun around on a walling lefthander and proceeded to belt it on her backhand all the way to the beach to earn herself an 8.10 out of a possible 10 as well as the event win.
“I was definitely feeling the day’s strenuous efforts on my body there in the last few minutes of the heat,” Gilmore said. “We did a lot of sitting and waiting, but it’s pretty difficult to stay mentally focused for the entire 40-minute final. I don’t know how I managed to get that last wave in the dying seconds. The ocean was dead flat, and then out of nowhere came this little wave and it was pretty special. I’m pretty proud of myself.”
Gilmore’s win today in Mancora marks her third event victory of the season, and increases the Australian’s lead in the hunt for the 2007 ASP Women’s World Title. Should Gilmore remain on top when the season culminates, she will make ASP history as the first competitor to win the ASP World Title in their rookie season.
“We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but I’m still sitting in No. 1 on th ratings and it’s right where I want to be,” Gilmore said. “Hopefully I’ve gained a couple of points with Layne (Beachley) coming in second and not Silvana (Lima) or Sofia (Mulanovich). I really don’t want to think about it, but going into Hawaii, I’m pumped to just get on some bigger boards and some bigger waves and get some really good action going.”
Beachley, who enjoyed her first finals berth of 2007, solidifies her current position at No. 5 in the world and will be a serious threat to the 2007 ASP World Title race heading into the remaining two events of the season in Hawaii.
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