Brazilian teams unbeatable at FIVB 4**** event in Rio
Brazilian teams reign FIVB World Tour Event in Rio
Two Brazilian teams won last weekend’s FIVB World Tour event in Rio de Janeiro. The event taking place at the Olympic Tennis Centre was dominated by Brazil in the men’s as well as in the women’s competition.
The Olympic champions from Rio 2016 Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt defeated Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak (Poland) in the men’s gold medal match at the US$ 300,000 Rio Open tournament with a 2-0 (25-23, 21-12) win. In the bronze medal match, the Italian team Lupo/ Nicolai beat 13th-seeded Brunner/ Patterson (USA) 2-1 (21-15, 24-26, 15-11).
In the women’s competition Agatha/ Duda (Brazil) won the tournament with Canadian team Pavan/Humana-Paredes ranking 2nd place and Czech team Hermannova/Slukova finishing 3rd.
German Olympic gold medal winners from Rio 2016 Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst were eliminated in the quarter-finals and ended up on 5th rank.
Highlighting the 2017 international Beach Volleyball calendar will be the $1-million FIVB World Championships July 28 – August 6 in Vienna (Austria) and the $800,000 FIVB World Tour Finals August 23-27 in Hamburg (Germany).