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2018-04-22 16:16:00 CEST

Another gold for Sarah & Melissa

The Commonwealth Games champions prevailed in the World Tour four-star event in Xiamen

Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan celebrate their victory in China (Photocredit: FIVB)Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan celebrate their victory in China (Photocredit: FIVB)

The last few weeks have been pure joy for Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes. The duo, who won the beach volleyball gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this month, returned to the top of the podium this weekend, now triumphing at the World Tour four-star event in Xiamen, China.

Ranked first in the world right now, the Canadians ended an undefeated week in Chinese soil with a 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) against the surprising Kelly Claes and Brittany Hochevar, one of the many new American teams in the Tour, to secure their second significant victory in a short period of time.

“This means a lot, especially coming from the Commonwealth and winning the gold there, it means a lot for us to prove that we can do it and it wasn’t just a fluke,” Humana-Paredes said. “To have back to back gold medals and to be able to play at this level consistently and come out on top, it’s huge for us and that’s what we’re here to prove that we’re here to win.”

Sarah Pavan on Twitter

We did it!!! Xiamen 4⭐️ Champs!! It feels so good to be bringing home 2 gold medals from this crazy whirlwind of a month 🥇🙏🏻 I am so proud of our team and I am loving every minute of our journey together ❤️ #backtobackchamps #timetogohome #ontothenextone

Australians Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Del Solar Artacho, who lost to the Canadians in the final of the Commonwealth Games, claimed bronze in Xiamen after they defeated Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda Lisboa in two sets (21-18, 21-17) in the third-place match.

Stoyanovskiy/Velichko prevail in all-Russian final

In the men’s tournament, Russia claimed gold and silver with Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Igor Velichko and Nikita Liamin/Viacheslav Krasilnikov clashing in the final. Stoyanovskiy, 21, and Velichko, 22, who are temporary partners, but are on the verge of forming a regular team, prevailed over their fellow countrymen in straight sets (21-18, 21-19) to win their first World Tour title.

It was the second medal of the still-provisory team, which had also won silver in the Doha four-star even in March.

“This match against our teammates is always very nervous because we know each other very well,” Stoyanovskiy said. “We train together, we know the strong sides of each player so you saw it, it was a little nervous. It’s a very important medal for us because it’s only our third tournament and I can’t believe that we could win a gold medal.”

Впервые первое место на 4⭐️ турнире в Китае🇨🇳

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Reigning Olympic champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt of Brazil filled the remaining spot in the podium as they triumphed over Poland’s Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) in the bronze medal match. It was their first top-three finish in the World Tour since they won bronze in the Porec Major last June

The World Tour continues this week with Langkawi, Malaysia, hosting a one-star event from April 26-29.

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