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The Corona Open J-Bay competition was placed on hold when event organizers and safety teams began tracking a 3 metre Great White Shark (pictured) swimming into the competition lineup during the Quarterfinal heat between Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Mick Fanning (AUS) Fanning, a 3x WSL Champion, famously encountered an aggressive Great White during the opening minutes of the 2015 Final at Jeffreys Bay, the dramatic live broadcast vision of the encounter quickly becoming the biggest story on the planet.
Response and Safety Teams placed the athletes onto boats and monitored the shark as it exited the lineup. After discussion with the Commissioner's Office and the athletes, competition resumed with Medina besting Fanning and advancing to the Semifinals today Wednesday July 19, 2017. PHOTO: © WSL / Tostee.
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- Daily Round Up 19 July 2017