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  Seoul  2008   Women's Open
13.05.2008 -  18.05.2008

PRESENTATION

 

SEOUL HOSTS SECOND SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR STOP

Seoul will host the second of three-straight women's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events in Asia as the world's best Beach Volleyball to the South Korean capital for the second-straight season. The 2007 SWATCH-FVB World Tour event in Seoul was the country's first international Beach Volleyball event in 10 seasons after Pusan hosted women's events for three years (1995-1997). Natalie Cook, Australia's three-time Olympian and Sydney 2000 gold medal winner, captured the inaugural Seoul stop last season with new partner Tamsin Barnett as the pair upset top-seeded Jia Tian and Jie Wang of China 21-19 and 21-19 in the 44-minute finale.  Pictured left are 2007 Seoul gold medal winners Barnett (left) and Cook.

Teams from A
merican won all three Pusan gold medals as three-time Olympian Holly McPeak was a member of each winning team. The inaugural Pusan event in 1995 was a double gender stop as Brazilians Roberto Lopes and Franco Neto captured the men's title after McPeak and her Atlanta 1996 Olympic partner Nancy Reno claimed the women's gold medal. McPeak and Lisa Arce won the next two Pusan gold medals as the 1996 finale marked the first of two SWATCH-FIVB World Tour title matches for teams from Japan. Yukiko Takahashi and Yuki Ishizaka captured the 1996 Pusan silver medal. Japan's other SWATCH finale was in 2000 when Takahashi and her Sydney 2000 Olympic partner Mika Teru Saiki placed second to Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil in Osaka, Japan. Kyung-Hee Ji and Sung-Min Kim were ninth at the 1996 Pusan stop for the top women's placement for South Korea on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.

With over 10 million people living within its city limits, Seoul is one of the most populous cities in the world. However, with an area of only 605 square kilometres, Seoul is one of the most densely populated major cities, like Tokyo and Hong Kong. Seoul's population density has allowed it to become one of the world's most digitally-connected cities. Upon the establishment of the Republic of Korea in 1948, Seoul became the capital and was designated the nation's only Special City.

 

 

PAST KOREAN WOMEN’S PODIUM PLACEMENTS
Medals - USA 4, Brazil 4, Australia 2, China 1, Japan 1
       
Site Year Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal
1.        Pusan 1995 Holly McPeak/Nancy Reno, USA Karolyn Kirby/Liz Masakayan, USA Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, BRA
2.        Pusan 1996 Lisa Arce/McPeak, USA Yuki Ishizaka/Yukiko Takahashi, JPN Monica Rodrigues/Adriana Samuel, BRA
3.        Pusan 1997 Arce/McPeak, USA Monica/Adriana, BRA Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS
4.        Seoul 2007 Tamsin Barnett/Cook, AUS Jia Tian/Jie Wang, CHN Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA

 

Asian Women’s SWATCH Stops - The 2008 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour women’s calendar features seven stops within the Asian Continental Federation with three events in China, and one stop each Australia, Korea, Japan and Thailand.  It is the most events in Asia since five stops where held in 2001 at Macau, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Australia.  The ABC’s of women’s Beach Volleyball (America, Australia, Brazil and China) have won 38 of the previous 39 events.  The only title won by a European team in Asia was at a 2003 in China where Rebekka Kadijk and Marrit Leenstra of the Netherlands captured the gold medal. 

 

 

 

 

 

SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR - ASIAN WOMEN'S PODIUM PLACEMENTS - 39 events

Total Medals - Brazil 48, USA 32, Australia 13, China 11, Germany 4, Japan 2, Cuba 1, Czech Republic 1, Greece 1, Italy, 1, Netherlands 1, Norway 1 and Switzerland 1

 

Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

1.        Osaka

1994

Barbra Fontana/Lori Forsythe, USA

Isabel Salgado/Roseli Timm, BRA

Liz Masakayan /Karolyn Kirby, USA

2.        Pusan 

1995

Holly McPeak/Nancy Reno, USA

Kirby/Masakayan, USA

Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, BRA

3.        Osaka 

1995

McPeak/Reno, USA

Linda Hanley/Angela Rock, USA

Sandra/Jackie, BRA

4.        Bali

1995

McPeak/Reno, USA

Sandra/Jackie, BRA

Kirby/Rock, USA

5.        Brisbane 

1995

McPeak/Reno, USA

Sandra/Jackie, BRA

Beate Buhler/Danja Musch, GER

6.        Osaka 

1996

Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS

Danalee Bragado/Pat Keller, USA

Sarah Straton /Liane Fenwick, AUS

7.        Pusan 

1996

Lisa Arce/McPeak, USA

Yuki Ishizaka/Yukiko Takahashi, JPN

Adriana Samuel/Monica Rodrigues, BRA

8.        Jakarta 

1996

Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, BRA

Maike Friedrichsen/Musch, GER

Sandra/Jackie, BRA

9.        Melbourne 

1997

Sandra/Jackie, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Arce/McPeak, USA

10.     Osaka 

1997

Adriana/Monica, BRA

Friedrichsen/Musch, GER

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

11.     Pusan 

1997

Arce/McPeak, USA

Adriana/Monica, BRA

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

12.     Osaka 

1998

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Sandra/Adriana Samuel, BRA

Lisa Arce/McPeak, USA

13.     Dalian 

1998

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Arce/McPeak, USA

Pauline Manser/Pottharst, AUS

14.     Osaka 

1999

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

Ana Paula Connelly/Jackie, BRA

15.     Dalian 

1999

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Annett Davis/Jenny J. Jordan, USA

Arce/Fontana, USA

16.     Osaka

2000

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Mika Teru Saiki/Yukiko Takahashi, JPN

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

17.     Dalian

2000

Masakayan/Elaine Youngs, USA

Misty May-Treanor/McPeak, USA

Ron Chi/Zi Xiong, CHN

18.     Sydney (OG)

2000

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Sandra/Adriana Samuel, BRA

19.     Macau

2001

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

May-Treanor/McPeak, USA

20.     Osaka 

2001

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Misty May /Kerri Walsh, USA

Elaine Youngs/Fontana, USA

21.     Maoming

2001

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Tatiana Minello/Sandra, BRA

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

22.     Hong Kong

2001

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA

Daniela Gattelli/Lucilla Perrotta, ITA

23.     Brisbane(GWG)

2001

Sandra/Tatiana Minello, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Fontana/Youngs, USA

24.     Osaka

2002

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Ana Paula/Tatiana, BRA

May/Walsh, USA

25.     Maoming

2002

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

McPeak/Youngs, USA

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

26.     Osaka

2003

Ana Paula/Sandra, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Cook/Nicole Sanderson, AUS

27.     Lianyungang

2003

Rebekka Kadijk/Marrit Leenstra, NED

Suzanne Lahme/Musch, GER

Cook/Sanderson, AUS

28.     Bali

2003

Jia Tian/Fei Wang, CHN

Dalixia Fernandez Grasset/Tamara Larrea Peraza, CUB

Eva Celbova/Sona Novakova, CZE

29.     Shanghai

2004

McPeak/Youngs, USA

Davis/Johnson Jordan, USA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

30.     Osaka

2004

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Cook/Sanderson, BRA

Nicole Schnyder/Simone Kuhn, SUI

31.     Shanghai

2005

Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Ana Paula/Shaylyn Bede, BRA

32.     Osaka

2005

Shaylyn/Ana Paula, BRA

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

33.     Bali

2005

Talita Antunes Renata Ribeiro, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Thalia Koutroumanidou/Maria Tsiartsiani, GRE

34.     Shanghai

2006

Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, CHN

Jia Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

35.     Phuket

2006

Xue/Zhang, CHN

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

36.     Shanghai

2007

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Nila Ann Hakedal/Ingrid Torlen, NOR

Talita/Renata, BRA

37.     Singapore

2007

TalitaRenata, BRA

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Xue/Zhang, CHN

38.     Seoul

2007

Tamsin Barnett/Cook, AUS

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

39.     Phuket

2007

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

Nicole Branagh/Elaine Youngs, USA

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN