2018-07-15 18:17:00 CEST

Russia tops Under-19 World Champs

The European country took both golds home with Bocharova/Voronina and Shekunov/Veretiuk

Bocharova and Voronina won their first Under-19 world titleBocharova and Voronina won their first Under-19 world title

Russian teams dominated the 10th edition of the Under-19 Beach Volleyball World Championships as the country topped the podium in both genders with Mariia Bocharova/Maria Voronina and Denis Shekunov/Dmitrii Veretiuk took home the gold medals after all-European finals in Nanjing, China.

In the women’s tournament, rising stars Bocharova, 16, and Voronina, 18, who are the reigning Under-19 European champions and have already competed in four World Tour events, claimed gold after a 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-13) over the Netherlands’ Raisa Schoon and Emi van Driel in the final.

The bronze medal went to another European tandem, the one of Spanish Daniela Alvarez and Tania Moreno, who topped Americans Devon Newberry and Lindsey Sparks also in three sets (10-21, 21-18, 15-12).

Among the men, the Russian dominance was even more intense as the country had two tandems in the podium. Shekunov and Veretiuk occupied the highest spot after their straight-set (21-19, 21-18) triumph over Germany’s Lukas Pfretzschner and Filip John in the gold medal match.

Their compatriots Alexey Gusev and Pavel Shustrov filled the last spot in the podium by finishing third after defeating Argentina’s Mauro Zelayeta and Bautista Amieva 21-18, 21-16 in the bronze medal match.

Shekunov and Vereutik celebrate their final victory in NanjingShekunov and Vereutik celebrate their final victory in Nanjing

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