2019-09-01 23:05:00 CEST
The blocker defeated his regular partner Sørum and his brother Markus to take gold
Beach volleyball star Anders Mol had a day to remember on Sunday as the Norwegian won his first World Tour gold medal at home in a one-star event in Oslo in which he got to defeat his partner, Christian Sørum, in the final and to share the podium with his two brothers, Markus and Hendrik.
Anders and Christian, who won together back-to-back gold medals at the Gstaad and Vienna Majors and the European Championships, decided to play with up-and-coming players from the Norwegian young generation in their home tournament.
They went undefeated all the way to the gold medal match, where Anders and 18-year-old Nils Ringoen defeated his 17-year-old brother Markus and Sørum 21-16, 21-18 to top the podium.
“It was so much fun to have the chance to play with one of the best players in the world,” Ringoen said afterwards. “I learned a lot in this tournament and I’ll take this experience with me going forward as well as the motivation from having this opportunity.”
The Mol clan was complete at the podium as Anders’ and Markus’ older brother Hendrik, 25, and their cousin Mathias Berntsen downed Daniel Bergerud and Lars Retterholt 23-21, 21-10 to claim the bronze medal.
Dutch prevail in Montpellier
In the French coastal city of Montpellier, it was the Netherlands to claim the gold medal of another men-only one-star tournament as Dirk Boehlé and Stefan Boermans upset the home team of Quincy Aye and Arnaud Gauthier-Rat 25-23, 21-15 in the final.
Laurenz Leitner and Florian Schnetzer won the all-Austrian three-set (21-15, 25-27, 15-8) bronze medal match against Arwin Kopschar and Michael Murauer and finished third.