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Title Contenders Close Gap on Ratings Leader John John Florence

John John Florence's once-comfortable lead atop the Jeep Leaderboard has all but vanished. In the span of a single event he's seen the gap reduced to less than 500 points. When the Champ left Australia he held a significant lead over the rest of the pack, nearly 4,000 points ahead of Jordy Smith and Owen Wright, in the No. 2 position.

Post Show Report from Oi Rio Pro
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The Brazilian hero picks a great time to get back into the winner's circle.

Florence's upset loss to giant-killing wildcard Yago Dora in Round Three opened the door for his closest pursuers -- Wright, Smith and 2015 World Champion Adriano de Souza. While De Souza left Australia ranked No. 4, he was still more than 8,500 points behind the Hawaiian Jeep Leader.

How quickly things change.

Owen Wright of Australia finishes equal 5th in the Oi Rio Pro after placing second to good friend Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in Quarterfinal Heat 4 at Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Owen Wright and Jordy Smith have moved to within 350 points of Jeep Leader John John Florence. WSL / Damien Poullenot

By virtue of their fifth-place finishes, both Owen Wright and Jordy Smith climbed to within 350 points of Florence, who remains in the Jeep Leader position heading into Fiji with 24,750 points. Had Jordy and Owen made the Semifinals, both would have been wearing the Jeep Leader jersey in their Semifinal match, which would have been against each other. But Ace Buchan and Matt Wilkinson put a big lid on those plans.

Of the surfers who entered the Oi Rio Pro in the Top 5, De Souza was the last man standing. In typical form, he silently disposed of everyone who stood in his way. De Souza didn't lose a single heat along the way, despite facing the likes of fellow World Champions Gabriel Medina and Joel Parkinson, rising star Yago Dora, and the always dangerous Ace Buchan in the Final.

De Souza's emotional win -- his first since the Billabong Pipe Masters in 2015 -- delighted the passionate Saquarema crowd. "It's been a long time since I've been up here, but I'm so happy to win here in front of this crowd," he said.

Jordy Smith Keeps Moving
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Jordy Smith has never worn the Jeep Leader's jersey, but he's one good result away after his fifth-place finish at the Oi Rio Pro.

Buchan arrived at the Oin Rio Pro way back in the No. 24 position on the rankings, but with his fantastic runner-up performance, the Australian vet has jumped 12 spots to No. 12 on the Jeep Leaderboard, just behind a surging Mick Fanning at No. 11.

Meanwhile, inside the Top 10, Matt Wilkinson has moved up to No. 4, just in front of Joel Parkinson, while Kolohe Andino and Filipe Toledo both fell two spots, to No. 7 and 8 respectively.

Adriano de Souza (BRA) and Yago Dora (BRA) share the same coach and will face each other in Semifinal Heat 1 of the Oi Rio Pro at Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. De Souza and Yago Dora are both coached by Yago's dad, Leandro. WSL / Damien Poullenot

Toledo's situation is even more tenuous due to a one-event suspension following his outburst after his loss to Kanoa Igarashi in Round Three. Toledo will not be surfing in the Outerknown Fiji Pro which, combined with his 13th-place finish, will deal a serious blow to his World Title aspirations in 2017.

Yago Dora Defeats John John Florence
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The Oi Rio Pro wildcard hands the reigning World Champion his earliest loss of the season with Round Three win.
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