Stavanger, Norway July 2-6 2003
SCANDINAVIAN PARTY FOR WORLD TOUR
Stavanger is well known as the oil capital of Norway, but every year this ancient harbour comes to a standstill when the Beach Volleyball World Tour arrives in town.
Situated on the south-west tip of Norway, Stavanger has a history that dates back more than 900 years. But it has taken a mere five years for the $150,000 Norwegian Open to establish itself as the most anticipated sporting event in Norway's summer calendar.
More than 80,000 spectators turned out for the 2002 Norwegian Open, as
400 athletes from 37 countries battled for top honours in this highly-popular event.
"It's a great atmosphere, the whole town stops for
this event," said Norway's Vegard Hoidalen, who reached the quarter-finals of last year's tournament with his partner Jorre Andre
But it was Brazil's leading players who again discovered their best form to continue their recent domination of this event, despite the cool temperatures last season.
For the second year running the gold medals went to the Brazilian duo of Emanuel-Tande, who defeated compatriots Ricardo-Loiola 20-22, 21-18, 17-19 in a hard-fought final.
Indeed, it may well have been an all-Brazilian podium had Para-Harley been able to contest their third-fourth place playoff against the Swiss pair Heuscher-Kobel. But an injury to Rogerio Para saw the bronze medal go to the Swiss team as they secured their best finish of the season.
After a two-week break the men's Beach Volleyball World Tour moves on to the Mediterranean city of Marseille for the $300,000 French Grand Slam, the second grand slam of the season.
Men's Podium 2002
1. Emanuel-Tande (BRA)
2. Ricardo-Loiola (BRA)
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3. Heuscher-Kobel (SUI)