Costa Rican surfer Brisa Hennessy qualified this Sunday for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games , confirmed the National Olympic Committee.
Hennessy, from Matapalo in Osa, Puntarenas, managed to qualify after ranking over Paige Hareb from New Zealand in the last WTC Championship Tour 2019 which took place in Maui, Hawaii this past weekend, she took one of the last two places on offer through the WSL.
Hennessy is the fifth Costa Rican athlete to qualify for Tokyo 2020, after runner Andrea Vargas, biker Kenneth Tencio and two cyclists.
The surfer is also the first Central American surfer to classify to the Olympic Games in this discipline, in fact for Latin America only Hennessy and two Peruvians have assured their slots for Tokyo.
According to the National Olympic Committee in total 68 athletes, 36 men and 32 women will try to classify to Tokyo next year in different sport disciplines, among them, soccer, gymnastics, swimming, judo, boxing, surf, to mention a few. In the case of surf, Costa Rica still has three more slots to dispute by May 2020.
The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will take place July 24 through August 9.