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Prosser Erases Sydney Memories
Athens, Greece, August 22, 2004 - Four years ago in Sydney, Australia's Julien Prosser was seeded first the 2000 Olympic Games and had the pressure of representing the host country in the Beach Volleyball competition with partner Lee Zahner.

Prosser and Zahner dropped their first match to a team from Mexico and eventually finished ninth in the Sydney 2000 Games by winning two elimination matches before being ousted by the Swiss Laciga brothers.

Four years later, Prosser is competing in his third Olympics and now has a chance to play for a medal after teaming with Mark Williams here Sunday to score a 16-21, 21-19 and 15-10 win in 62 minutes over Christoph Dieckmann and Andreas Scheuerpflug of German to earn a spot in Monday's semi-finals.

The Aussies will face Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain or Canada's John Child and Mark Heese Monday evening with the winner advancing to Wednesday's gold medal match. Prosser and Williams entered the elimination as the second of three teams that advanced from Pool E where the Aussies defeated Child and Heese in a preliminary match.

The other semi-final will featured Switzerland's Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel against the winner of the match between the Lacigas (Martin and Paul) and Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil. Heuscher and Kobel won Pool E by defeating the Australians, the Canadians and an American team that featured Sydney 2000 gold medallist Dain Blanton,

"Yes, this helps ease the pain of my past Olympic experiences," said Prosser, who finished ninth at both the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Games with Zahner. "However, I don't need to talk anyone now as we still have two matches to play. It is important to remain focus and think about our next match."

Heuscher and Kobel, who are seeded fifth in the competition and have now posted five-straight wins in Athens, scored a 21-16 and 21-19 win over Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger of the United States in Sunday's opening match at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre.

The men's and women's Olympic semi-finals will be played Monday. The women's medal matches are Tuesday and the men's gold and bronze matches are set for Wednesday event at the 10,000-seat Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre.