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04.07.2008 -  06.07.2008

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FIVB Men's Challenger event set for Brno for third straight year


July 3-6, 2008



In addition to hosting a SWATCH FIVB World Tour event in Prague in mid-May, the Czech Republic hosts an FIVB Men's Challenger event in Brno for the third straight year.


The FIVB Beach Volleyball event is staged from July 3-6, with US$30,000 up for grabs.


There will be 64 teams in qualification competing for 24 places in the main draw.


In 2007, Michal Biza and Martin Lebl of the Czech Republic claimed gold, with Canada's Jessi Lelliot and Martin Reader winning silver and the Czech Republic's Premysl Kubala and Jaroslav Pavlas taking bronze.


Brazilians Rodrigo Monteiro and Hevaldo Moreira won gold in 2006, with Sweden's Simon Dahl and Stefan Gunnarsson taking silver and Lelliot and Reader picking up bronze.


In a 1997 event in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, Martin and Paul Laciga of Switzerland won gold, with Norway's Vegard Hoidalen and Jorre Kjemperud claiming silver and Italy's Andrea Ghiurghi and Ricardo Lione settling for the bronze.


Brno, the Czech Republic's second largest city, is situated in picturesque countryside, surrounded on three sides by wooded hills and is the opening to the Southern Moravian lowlands to the south of the city.


Brno has historical ties to the Austrian capital of Vienna, which is 110 km (68 miles) to the south, and enjoys a pleasant and moderate climate.

Brno Cathedral stands proud in the city



Czech Republic Roll of Honour: Gold medal (1), Silver medal (2), Bronze medal (3)


Karlovy Vary 1997 1. Martin Laciga/Paul Laciga, Switzerland; 2. Vegard Hoidalen/Jorre Kjemperud, Norway; 3. Andrea Ghiurghi/Ricardo Lione, Italy.

Brno 2006 1. Rodrigo Monteiro/Hevaldo Moreira, Brazil; 2. Simon Dahl/Stefan Gunnarsson, Sweden; 3. Jessie Lelliot/Martin Reader, Canada.

Brno 2007 1. Michal Biza/Martin Lebl, Czech Republic; 2. Jessie Lelliot/Martin Reader, Canada; 3. Premysl Kubala/Jaroslav Pavlas, Czech Republic.


Medals: Canada (2),  Czech Republic (2), Switzerland (1), Brazil (1), Italy (1), Norway (1), Sweden (1).


Spectacular action at the 2007 event