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Medina reclaims world number 1 after Fiji Pro win

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Friday, June 06, 2014

Update: 3:30PM Brazilian surfer Gabriel Medina has reclaimed the world number one ranking after winning the Fiji Pro on Friday morning.

Medina secured his second win from just five starts in 2014 defeating American Nat Young 18.40 to 14.77 in the final at Fiji's Cloudbreak reef.

The 20-year-old started the year winning the opening event on the Gold Coast and his Fiji Pro success has given him a handy lead over Tahitian Michel Bourez who reached the semi-finals at Fiji.

Kelly Slater, a quarter-finalist at Fiji, remains in the hunt for a 12th world title sitting in third place on the rankings.

Taj Burrow, in fourth place, is the highest ranked Australian ahead of Joel Parkinson (fifth) and defending world champion Mick Fanning (eighth) who was the only Australian to reach the Fiji Pro quarter-finals.

The Fiji Pro final was a match between two of the world tour young guns.

Young scored an 8.17 out of 10 after 10 minutes but Medina hit straight back with a 9.87 awarded for a combination of barrel riding and powerful turns on a long Cloudbreak left-hander.

He backed up that ride with a 8.53 to all but shut out Young who was unable to reel in his opponent in the remaining 16 minutes of the heat.

Medina is the first Brazilian to win the world tour event in Fiji and is emerging as a live chance to win his country's first world title.

"It is too early to say but I'm feeling good," Medina said after his win.

"Right now I think everyone in Brazil will be proud of me and I thank them for all of their support."

Medina heads home for a break before moving on to South Africa for the Jeffrey's Bay Open next month.

"I've never surfed Jeffrey's, so I am going to get there early and practise."

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