The finest bull riders around the world united at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas last week to compete in the most prestigious event in professional bull riding. Fans anxiously watched as the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast World Finals brought forth little to no indication of a clear winner until its last moments. One man took the competition by its horns to reign victorious at the highly contested event; 29-year-old Marco Eguchi, although his path to the crown was not smooth sailing.
Eguchi electrified the crowd during Round 2 of the finals after completing a career-high ride. However, there was a big price to pay for the massive score. Fans expected the rider who pulled off the amazing ride to get up and celebrate the triumph. Instead, the bull bucked on while Eguchi laid motionless in the arena, where Sports Medicine escorted him shortly after.
There is no denying it; bull riders are among the bravest, most fearless athletes in sports overall. Every ride, they are putting their life on the line for a long, excruciating 8 seconds. As ferocious as the bulls seem on TV, it’s impossible to grasp the physical anger and combativeness of the bovines themselves, unless you’re the one riding them. The fact is: for these riders it’s either a generous pay check or a not so generous hospital bill.
Luckily Eguchi left the PBR Sports Medicine room with nothing but an icepack on his head and permission to continue the competition. His ability to look past the frightening accident and go on to outperform every other rider is a truly inspiring story. Eguchi deserved nothing less than the PBR World Finals Champion title.
His performance during the 5-day event boosted him from world No. 20 to No. 5, so it won’t come as a surprise to see much more of Marco Eguchi come next season.
Listed below are the top 5 riders from the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast World Finals, taken from PBR.com
Written by Louis M.
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