Tyler Wright back at the top of the rankings after Rio victory

Tyler Wright is back in the yellow leader’s jersey after taking out the Oi Rio Pro overnight.

The Aussie took down Frenchwoman Johanne Defay in an intense final in Saquarema to grab her first victory of the 2017 season.

The win also sees her enter the record books, tying with Australian legend Pauline Menczer for most wins at the event with three titles.


The Reigning WSL Champion will now shares the rankings lead with fellow Australian Stephanie Gilmore.

“It is sick to be sharing the Jeep Leader Jersey with Steph,” said Wright.

“It is going to be a good year. It has always been a part of my plan after the Australian leg to be in this position. I am feeling really good. It is cool to be working on stuff over the last year and put it into action.”

Defay’s runner-up finish marks her best result of the season and vaults her from seventh to fourth on the Jeep Leaderboard.

After the completion of the women’s event, the men ran through Round 4 to determine the first four Quarterfinalists.

Aussies Mick Fanning, Adrian Buchan and Owen Wright all secured their spot in the final eight, as did Brazillian champion Adriano de Souza.

Event organizers will reconvene later today to decide whether to get round 5 of the men’s event underway.