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Canada seal men's ticket to London Olympic Games

Canada's Martin Reader jumps into the arms of teammate Joshua Binstock after the victory over Mexico in Mazatlan on Saturday

Mazatlan, Mexico, June 23, 2012 – Canada booked a direct ticket to the men’s beach volleyball tournament of the London Olympic Games by defeating Mexico 3-1 in the NORCECA Continental Cup Finals held in Mazatlan, Mexico from June 19 to 23.

“I am so proud about this achievement for my country,” Canada´s Martin Reader said. “It was a dream since I was 11 years old about going to the Olympic Games when I started playing sport.”

“It was a real challenge to play under this hot weather,” Johsh Binstock said. “But playing on the FIVB SWATCH World Tour really helped very much to stay in shape and in a good mental condition.”

Mexico and Cuba, the second and third placed countries in the eight-team event, remain in competition for a chance at the Summer Games as part of the World Cup Qualification Tournament to take place in Moscow, Russia from June 27 to July 1.

The duo of Binstock/Reader sealed the spot to London by prevailing 2-1 (21-17, 11-21, 15-13) in a tough battle against Mexico’s Aldo Miramontes and Juan Virgen in the fourth match of the series.

Binstock/Reader opened the day with a 2-0 (21-11, 21-13) victory over Ulises and Rodolfo Ontiveros of Mexico-B, only to see Miramontes/Virgen coming back with a strong 2-0 (21-15, 21-18) showing against Christian Redmann/Benjamin Saxton.

Redmann/Saxton edged the brothers Ontiveros 2-0 (21-16, 21-18) to set the stage for the final clash of the competition in front of around 2,500 spectators.

Cubans Karell Piña/Sergio Gonzalez and Yaismel Borrell/Yadrian Escobar won their four matches of Saturday against El Salvador and Puerto Rico, to stay in competition for the London tickets.
 
Saturday´s results

Cuba 2, El Salvador 0
CUB-B d. ESA-A (21-11, 21-13)
CUB-A d. ESA-B (21-10, 21-11)

Puerto Rico 2, Guatemala 1
PUR-A d. GUA-B (21-17, 21-16)
GUA-A d. PUR-B (21-18, 21-18)
PUR d. GUA-A (15-5)

Third Place

Cuba 2, Puerto Rico 0
CUB-B d. PUR-A (21-19, 21-17)
CUB-A d. PUR-B (21-19, 21-12)

First place

Canada 3, Mexico 1
CAN-A d. MEX-B (21-11, 21-13)
MEX-A d. CAN-B (21-15, 21-18)
CAN-B d. MEX-B (21-16, 21-18)
CAN-A d. MEX-A (21-17, 11-21, 15-13) *

*Qualified to the Olympic Games


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