Culburra Beach's Owen Wright has secured a bronze medal, the first-ever in Olympic surfing, in Tokyo.
Brazilian opponent Gabriel Medina pulled off an aerial spin move in a bid to take the lead but it was only judged a six point ride, as Wright held on 11.97 to 11.77.
Wright had surfed consistently throughout the tournament, building solid scores and it helped him prevail when it matted in the third-placed battle.
He greeted the Australian team, including Sally Fitzgibbons who was knocked out of the women's quarter finals, in celebration afterward, a round of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi" belted out.
Wright missed the chance for gold after going down to Brazil's Italo Ferreira in an enthralling contest.
Ferreira chased aerials for much of the event, but it was a more conservative ride which booked his place through, scores of 6.67 and 6.50 ensuring his 13.17 overall was enough to edge past Wright, who finished with 12.476 overall.
Wright's journey to this moment has been full of high, lows and plenty of never give up attitude.
He burst onto the scene in 2007 by winning his maiden under 18s Australian title in South Australia.
The next year, the St John alumnus took his career to the next level winning back-to-back events on the Australasian junior tour, the Billabong Pro Junior Series in Taranki (New Zealand) and Motorola Pro Junior event at Merewether - as well as taking out the 2008 Mambo Pro Junior crown.
His breakout year culminated at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships at France's Le Penon Beach with the national team, where his under 18 boys silver medal helped the Australian side win the event.
These results helped the former winner of the Shoalhaven Sportstar of the Year Award qualify for the World Surf League Championship Tour for the first time in 2009.
Gaining a wildcard entrant for an aerial surfing event in April, Wright went through five rounds to win the Boost Mobile Junior Air Sho Challenge at Surfers Paradise.
In his debut campaign on the tour in 2010, Wright finished seventh overall, seeing him awarded the Rookie of the Year prize.
The goofy-footer's first CT event win came in 2011 when he edged out 11-time world champion Kelly Slater 17.90 to 14.53 in the Quiksilver Pro New York decider.
In 2015, the 31-year-old put himself in the hunt for his maiden world title after a huge win in Fiji, where he bagged two perfect 10-point rides to win the final - defeating fellow Australian Olympic Games teammate Julian Wilson 20.00 to 7.84.
But days before the final event at Pipeline and sitting comfortably in the top-five, he suffered a traumatic brain injury during a warm-up session.
The incredible comeback story of Wright, who was handed an injury wildcard by the WSL, was capped at the 2017 season-opening Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast when he took out the emotionally charged title against countrymen Matt Wilkinson.
The Culburra Beach Boardrider went on to finish both the 2017 and 2018 seasons in sixth in the world ranking - with him named Australian Male Surfer of the Year in the latter.
Since then, Wright has added a fourth CT crown to his collection, by taking out the 2019 Tahiti Teahupo'o Pro, which helped him gain selection on the Tokyo squad alongside Wilson, seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore and Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons.
During his Olympic Games campaign, he won his opening heat against Morocco's Ramzi Boukhiam, United States' John John Florence and Chile's Manuel Selman before defeating France's Jeremy Flores in round three.
He then overcame Peru's Lucca Mesinas in the quarter-finals before going down to Brazil's Italo Ferreira in the semi-finals.
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