2018-06-24 20:09:00 CET

World Tour home gold for Maki and Bara

The Czech duo won the four-star tournament in Ostrava in front of their fans

Slukova and Hermannova were pushed by thousands of Czech fans in Ostrava (Photocredit: FIVB)Slukova and Hermannova were pushed by thousands of Czech fans in Ostrava (Photocredit: FIVB)

Czech stars Marketa Slukova and Barbora Hermannova made the day of their home fans this Sunday as the duo topped the podium of the World Tour four-star event in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in front of thousands of supporters in the city’s industrial park. The men’s gold medal was also captured by a European team as Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira finished on top.

It was the second World Tour gold medal won by the Czech tandem since they joined forces in 2015. In the final, Hermannova, an Ostrava-native, and Slukova came from behind to post a 2-1 (17-21, 21-15, 15-13) victory over Canada’s Brandie Wilkerson and Heather Bansley, who were playing in their first final together.

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“We’re very happy to win gold medal here, it’s an unforgettable moment,” Hermannova said after the match. “It was a very emotional match and I'll need some time to really absorb everything that happenened here. We had lost to them before and we didn't want it to happen again."

In the bronze medal match, Margareta Kozuch and Karla Borger dominated the German duel with Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider to win it in straight sets (21-19, 21-18). It was the first medal for the team and the first World Tour medal for Kozuch, who transitioned from indoor to the beach in 2017.

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Herrera and Gavira, who have one of most long-lasting partnerships of international beach volleyball, used their experience to prevail over Poland’s Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor in three sets (27-25, 15-21, 15-11) and win their third World Tour gold medal together.

The Spaniards started the tournament with a setback to Canada’s Ben Saxton and Grant O’Gorman, but bounced back with six straight victories, including back-to-back triumphs over Rio 2016 silver medalists Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai of Italy and bronze medalists Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands.

“It was a great tournament for us”, Gavira commented. “We played really well during the entire week and we deserved it. We are really happy and we want to enjoy this gold medal.”

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Russian qualifiers Konstantin Semenov and Ilya Leshukov frustrated the medal hopes of the Czech team of Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner and claimed bronze following a hard-fought 2-1 (14-21, 21-18, 26-24) victory in the third place match. It was the second medal for the Russian team, which won gold in the three-star tournament in Mersin in May.

Asians reign supreme in Singapore

In Singapore, the two-star event held in Sentosa was dominated by Asian teams, who grabbed four of the six medals in play, including both golds, with Japan’s Reika Murakami/Chiyo Suzuki and China’s Peng Gao/Yang Li.

Murakami and Suzuki won their first gold together with a straight-set (23-21, 21-15) victory over fellow Japanese Ayumi Kusano and Takemi Nishibori. Germans Sarah Schneider and Anna Behlen completed the podium after their 2-1 (27-25, 13-21, 15-11) triumph against Sweden’s Sigrid Simonsson and Tadva Yoken in the bronze medal match.

Gao and Li found their way in to the top of the men’s podium after they prevailed in two sets (21-14, 21-17) against Estonia’s Kusti Nolvak and Mart Tisaar in the final. Indonesia’s Mohammad Ashfiya and Candra Rachmawan won bronze with a straight-set (28-26, 22-20) victory over Slovenia’s Jan Pokersnik and Nejc Zemljak.

Brazil and Japan win in Turkey

In Turkey, the gold medals of the one-star tournament went to the necks of teams from Brazil and Japan as the tandems of Oscar Guimaraes/Luciano Ferreira and Satono Ishitsubo/Asami Shina topped the podium in the city of Manavgat.

In the men’s tournament, Oscar and Luciano triumphed 2-0 (21-14, 23-21) over Denmark’s Kristoffer Abell and Daniel Thomsen. The Netherlands’ Jannes van der Ham and Svens Vismans finished third after a three-set (14-21, 21-16, 15-11) victory over Spain’s Alejandro Huerta and Javier Huerta.

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Among the women, Ishitsubo and Shina won gold in just their second World Tour tournament together as they prevailed over Belgium’s Sarah Cools and Lisa Van Den Vonder after the three-set (17-21, 21-13, 21-19) final. The home team of Merve Nezir and Aleyna Vence claimed bronze with its 2-1 (9-21, 21-16, 15-12) triumph over Japan’s Erika Habaguchi and Yurika Sakagushi.

The World Tour continues next week with the double-gender four-star tournament in Warsaw, Poland.

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