A-Team with Tokyo silver – Vikings win season’s fifth gold
A-Team April Ross and Alix Klineman won silver at the FIVB 4-star Tokyo event. In today’s gold medal match, they lost to World Tour Finals winners Agatha/ Duda from Brazil. The final was a straight two-set match in which Alix Klineman was struggling in the entire match. Neither serve-receive nor her blocking did work as usual. For Agatha/ Duda it was a great comeback since they lost two matches in pool play and only advanced as third team from their pool. Stepping up their game in the knock-out rounds, the Brazilians showed a strong performance and won the final in straight sets (21:19, 21:18). Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson claimed bronze against Borger/Sude from Germany. Agatha delighted after the final:
“We saw the US girls were very focused and wanted to win. So we had to play very well. We hope to come back here to the Olympics next year.”
Business as usual on the men’s side. Norwegian Vikings Anders Mol and Christian Sorum continued their gold run and claimed their fifth gold medal of the season after winning in Itapema (Brazil), Jinjiang (China), Ostrava (Czech Republic) and Gstaad (Switzerland). In the Tokyo final, they didn’t have any trouble beating German surprise team Ehlers/Flüggen in straight sets. In both sets the Germans managed to keep the score tied until the tech time-out but then the Vikings shifted gears and claimed both sets (21:17, 21:18). Anders Mol after winning the gold:
“It’s really special to win here at the Olympics trial. I hope it is going to be even more people next year… We are excited to be back in Vienna next week to defend last year’s title.”
For Lars Flüggen it is the second silver medal in an Olympic trial event. Flüggen won silver with Markus Böckermann in the Rio Olympics test event in 2015 and now won silver at the Toyko test event. Dutchmen Brouwer/Meeuwsen claimed the bronze medal against Alison/ Alvaro Filho from Brazil.