2018-08-27 17:00:00 CET
The Brazilians decided to team up again and complete the major shuffle in the country
The wave of changes that affected Brazilian beach volleyball in late May is still reflecting in the country as a new men’s team is set to start competing internationally in the near future. Guto Carvalhaes and Saymon Barbosa, the silver medalists of the 2016 Klangenfurt Major, will be on the same side of the court again after two years.
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Their reunion seemed imminent since their former partners Ricardo Santos and Álvaro Filho announced they’d be joining forces a few days ago and it was exclusively confirmed to beachmajorseries.com by Guto.
“Saymon has always been an option to me,” the defender said. “He’s a physical and talented blocker and we had success and got along very well when we played together a couple of years ago, so we always kept the door open to a return. He’s a fighter and that’s something I really appreciate on him.”
SUPERAÇÃO- A Melhor definição que encontrei para essa etapa de Klagenfurt. Superação por ter sido o nosso melhor resultado no ano em um Major Series. Superação porque torci o pé no primeiro dia de competições, cheguei a ficar sem conseguir pisar, mas a vontade de estar ali, de competir, era maior que tudo! E a assistência da minha equipe, dos que estavam aqui em Klagenfurt e no Brasil, foi indispensável. Ficamos com a prata, mas estou muito feliz com o resultado e mais um obstáculo superado. Dedico essa conquista a todos os atletas que precisam se superar diariamente, em especial aos atletas que vão nos representar nas Olimpíadas Rio 2016 que começam essa semana! Toda energia positiva para eles, principalmente para as duplas brasileiras de vôlei de praia: @alison_brunoschmidt Pedro e Evandro, @larissaetalitaoficial @agathaebarbaraoficial ! Boa sorte!! Que a medalha de ouro venha para o Brasil! Vamos torcer, galera! Somos todos Brasil! #superboy #gutoesaymon #chniteroi #timechniteroi #exercitobrasileiro #atletamilitar #oakleybrasil #klagenfurtmajor #majorseries #swatchmajorseries #beachvolleyball #agradecido #blessed #rio2016 #olimpiadas
1,177 Likes, 34 Comments - Guto Carvalhaes (@gutocarvalhaes) on Instagram: "SUPERAÇÃO- A Melhor definição que encontrei para essa etapa de Klagenfurt. Superação por ter sido o..."
Guto and Saymon had indeed a successful run when they first joined forces, between 2015 and 2016. At that time, the 25-year-old defender and the 24-year-old blocker played in 14 World Tour events, winning one gold – in Cincinnati - one silver – in Klagenfurt – and three bronzes – in Rio de Janeiro, Maceió and Olsztyn. They also won one gold, one silver and three bronzes in the Brazilian Tour.
Over the last two seasons, they both managed to win gold medals in Beach Major Series competitions as Guto won the 2017 Poreč Major with Pedro Solberg while Saymon topped the podium in Fort Lauderdale in the same season with Álvaro.
The duo now dreams bigger and their main goal is to represent Brazil in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With all of the major tandems in the country having been formed recently, the race is completely open and Guto and Saymon want to outwork their opponents to be in position to compete for a spot in the Japanese capital.
“Of course that the results we had in the past encourage us, but we want to do even better and the only way to do that is working hard,” Guto added. “Even though all Brazilian teams changed recently we were the last to be formed, so we are still a step behind. But we trust the plans our coaching staff established for us in 2019 and will give everything we have to qualify to Tokyo.”
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The partner change is the third Guto has experienced in the last 12 months. He ended the 2017 season with Pedro Solberg, then paired with Vitor Felipe until last May and shared the courts with the legendary Ricardo in the last three months.
After so many changes, the tenacious defender expects to have found a long-time teammate in Saymon.
“Ricardo is a genius and I learned so much from him in such a short time,” the defender acknowledged. “We progressed and we would be competing in main draws in the near future if we remained together, but I felt that Saymon was the right choice to me. We will have to play country-quotas and it might look like a step back at first, but I’m confident we can give several steps forward together.”
The new team is expected to debut in the King of the Court event, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on September 7.