Milan  2005   Women's Open
08.06.2005 -  12.06.2005

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MILAN 2005 – With the Arco della Pace (Arc of Peace) - Parco Sempione as an inspirational setting for the elite women's teams, the Northern Italian city will host the women’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour for the third-straight year.  China’ Jia Tian and Fei Wang won their first-ever “open” international gold medal in Milan by defeating two-time FIVB World Champions Adriana Behar/Shelda Bede in the 2003 final.  Adriana and Shelda have appeared in every Italian “open” FIVB final as the Brazilians placed second to Lisa Arce and Holly McPeak in 1997 in Pescara before winning in Vasto in 1998.  The best finish by an Italian team in those four events was fifths the past two seasons by Daniela Gattelli and Lucilla Perrotta in Milan.  Italy also hosted women’s challenge events Vasto (1996), Porto San Giorgio (1999) and Portici (1999).



2004 Milan Women's Podium

1.  Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil

2.  Shaylyn Bede/Renata Ribeiro, Brazil

3. Eva Celbova/Sona Novakova, Czech Republic


Gold Medal match - Shelda/Adriana def. shaylynn/Ribeiro, 21-15, 25-23 (49 minutes)

Bronze Medal match - Celbova/Novakova def. Simone Kuhn/Nicole Schnyder, Switzerland, 21-15, 21-18 (39)

Pic: (from left to right) - Shaylyn, Ribeiro, Shelda, Adriana, Novakova and Celbova



Year - Milan Gold Medal / Milan Silver Medal / Milan Bronze Medal

2003 - Jia Tian/Fei Wang, China / Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil / Nancy Mason/Dianne DeNecochea, USA

2004 - Shelda/Adriana, Brazil / Shaylyn Bede/Renata Ribeiro, Brazil / Eva Celbova/Sona Novakova, Czech Republic