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  Stare Jablonki  2006   Men's Open
10.08.2006 -  13.08.2006


Olympic Champions Emanuel & Ricardo Snare Second Mazury Open Gold Medal

Stare Jablonki, Poland, August 13, 2006 - As two young Chinese Beach Volleyball players celebrated their country’s first-ever men’s podium placement on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, two Brazilian tandems competed for their nation’s 123rd gold medal here Sunday afternoon in the US$200,000 Mazury Open presented by the Hotel Anders.

In the 53rd All-Brazilian gold medal match in 189 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events for men since the start of the international Beach Volleyball circuit in 1987, reigning Olympic champions and 2004 Mazury Open winners Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos captured their 24th FIVB gold medal by defeating Pedro Cunha and Franco Neto in the 66-minute finale before over 4,000 fans on the Hotel Anders centre court.

With their 21-19, 17-21 and 15-9 win over the third-seeded Cunha and Franco, Emanuel and Ricardo shared the $32,000 first-place prize in winning their fifth SWATCH gold medal this season.  In addition, Emanuel and Ricardo have now won 11th-straight matches over their Brazilian rivals, including a gold medal victory last October in Mexico and a semi-final-qualifying win Friday afternoon.

Prior to the third annual Mazury Open finale, fifth-seeded Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu gained China’s first-ever men’s podium berth by upsetting top-seeded Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes of Brazil 18-21, 22-20 and 15-10 in the 61-minute bronze medal match.  In addition to sharing the $16,000 third-place prize with Wu, Xu was named the SWATCH most outstanding player for the Mazury Open.

“We are delighted to regain our Stare Jablonki gold medal,” said the 33-year Emanuel, who captured his 60th FIVB title since starting his international career in 1994.  “Ricardo and I have enjoyed playing here the past three years.  The friendship of the fans is great.  The promoter has put together a great organization and this is a very peaceful place to stay.  However, those fans are not very peaceful when we play.  They are loud and very supportive of all the teams.”

Sunday’s title match was the third-time that Emanuel and Ricardo had faced Franco for a Mazury Open medal.  Previously, Emanuel and Ricardo defeated Franco and his former partner Tande Ramos for the 2004 Hotel Anders gold medal and the 2005 bronze medal.  For Franco’s third-straight Mazury Open “final four” finish, he shared $12,000 with Cunha for this week’s semi-final appearance.

With 60 additional points for their Mazury Open gold medal finish, Emanuel and Ricardo increased their SWATCH season points lead over Marcio Araujo and Fabio to 320 points (6,380 to 6,060) with two more men’s FIVB World Tour events remaining in Brazil (Vitoria, September 26-October 1) and Mexico (Acapulco, October 24-29). 

The 2006 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour champions will be determined by calculating the points for a team’s best 10 finishes based on 75 percent of the men’s events staged this season and rounded down.  Marcio Araujo and Fabio must win the final two gold medals and hope that Emanuel and Ricardo don’t reach the top of the SWATCH podium in either event.

Emanuel and Ricardo are now 24-8 in FIVB gold medal matches since forming their partnership at the end of the 2002 season.  The reigning Olympic champions have made 12-straight “final four” appearances this year to share $321,000 in winnings.  For 53 FIVB events together, Emanuel and Ricardo have split $1,170,730 in earnings while posting 280-51 match mark.

Sunday finale ended a 12-week run for the men’s SWATCH-FIVB World Tour after opening the season in late May at Shanghai before stops in Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Norway, Marseille, Canada, Russia, Paris and last week Austria for the fourth grand slam event on the 2006 calendar.

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