Mon, Jul 26, 2021 3:33 PM
By SALLY HO, AP
ICHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) — There was a collapse of the favorites as surfing’s historic Olympic debut continued Monday with some of the sport’s biggest stars struggling to make their mark. The second day of competition at Tsurigasaki beach, about 60 miles east of Tokyo, began with a stunning upset in the first heat of the women’s contest. The venerated Australian Stephanie Gilmore was eliminated by the 17th-ranked Bianca Buitendag of South Africa. Gilmore’s shocking dethroning set the tone for the day and from there, each enthusiastic blaring countdown to start of subsequent heats felt like a notice to fans everywhere that anything could happen next.