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Common Beach Volleyball Goal for Bosma, Emanuel & Prosser
Athens, Greece, August 23, 2004 - Javier Bosma of Spain, Emanuel Rego of Brazil and Julien Prosser of Australia all have something in common entering tonight's men's Olympic Beach Volleyball semi-finals at the Athens 2004 Games.

Bosma and Pablo Herrera play Prosser and Mark Williams in the first men's semi-final match at 9 a.m. while the top-seeded Emanuel and Ricardo Santos are challenged at 10 p.m. by fifth-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel of Switzerland at the 10,000-seast Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre.

All three players are playing in their third Olympic Beach Volleyball competition and have not reached the podium. Bosma missed "final four" appearances by placing fifth in both the 1996 Atlanta and Sydney 2000 Games.

For Bosma and Prosser, the advancement to Monday semi-final against each other was with young and talented partners. Emanuel is playing with Ricardo Santos, who captured the silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with Ze Marco de Melo.

Herrera started playing with Bosma last season and the 22-year old sensation has already claimed a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour title in May as he and his 34-year old partner defeated Emanuel and Ricardo for May's China title. Herrera won the FIVB's under 21 title in 2002 with Raul Mesa.

The 25-year old Williams competed for the Australian National Indoor Team at the Sydney Olympics. He has played all 20 of his SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events with the 32-year old Prosser, who placed ninth with Lee Zahner at both the Atlanta and Sydney Summer Games.

Emanuel, the winningest player in SWATCH-FIVB World Tour history with 47 gold medals, 89 podium placements and 93 "final fours" in 127 international starts, has placed ninth in both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

Both times Emanuel has been eliminated by teams from the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal's Joao Brenha and Luis Maia defeated the fifth-seeded Emanuel and Ze Marco 15-12 in Atlanta. Bosma and Fabio Diez ousted the second-seeded Emanuel and Jose Loiola 17-16 in Sydney.

While Bosma and Prosser's advancement to the Athens "final four" was unexpected due to their 15th- and 17th-seed, respectively, the pressure has been on the Brazilians as gold medal favourites. Winners of 11 titles the past two seasons, including the 2003 FIVB World Championships in Rio de Janeiro last October, Emanuel and Ricardo have been quizzed through the season about the Olympics.

"It is a fair question since we are the top team," said Emanuel. "Our main focus has been on our next match each week. If we start thinking beyond each match, we'll lose our concentration. Our worries are about the Swiss and no one else."

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