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07.09.2005 -  10.09.2005

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2005 Men's U-21


Rio de Janeiro Hosts

2005 SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World Championships


The fifth edition of the FIVB’s World Championships for players under 21 years old will be played outside of Europe for the first-time as the city made famous by its beautiful Beach Volleyball settings hosts the “next generation” of SWATCH-FIVB World Tour players.


With the cooperation of the Brazilian Volleyball Federation, the SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World Championships will be held September 6-11 with 40 of the best junior teams of each gender from all five continents competing for the world title, including 24 tandems in each Main Draw.


The first four SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World Championships were held in France at Le Lavandou (2001) and Saint Quay Portrieux (2003), Catania, Italy (2002) and Porto Santo, Portugal (2004).  Brazil has won three of the four women’s title (2001, 2002 and 2004) with five overall medals.  Russia claimed the other gold medal in 2003 as that country also had a silver medal in 2001.  Other countries that have medalled are the Czech Republic (two bronzes), France (one silver), Germany (one silver), and Switzerland (one silver).


"There is immense interest in the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB U-21 World Championships, because this competition is a sort of universal training ground at the highest level for all the young men and women who bolster the ever-increasing popularity and image of Beach Volleyball.  I wish all of these athletes an unforgettable experience on the sand of Brazil," said Dr Rubén Acosta, the FIVB President.


"By organising this great competition on another continent, specifically in Brazil, a nation where there is a very strong Beach Volleyball tradition, the FIVB programme for young players is taking another step forward this year", stated Angelo Squeo, Beach Volleyball Director at the FIVB's headquarters in Lausanne.


Two past women's SWATCH-FIVB U-21 Champions from Brazil have claimed titles on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.  Juliana Felisberta Silva, the 2002 U-21 world champion, won her first event on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour in 2004 at Mallorca with Larissa Franca.  Shaylyn Bede, the younger sister of two-time SWATCH-FIVB World Champion Shelda, captured the 2001 U-21 title before winning for the first-time on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour in 2005 with Beach Volleyball Olympian Ana Paula Connelly at Osaka, Japan where they defeated Juliana and Larissa in the finals.


Pictured - Carolina Solberg Salgado (left) and Maria Salgado Rufino of Brazil




Portugal, Porto Santo (September 16-19, 2004)

1.       Taiana Lima/Carolina Solberg Salgado, Brazil

2.       Marion Castelli/Eva Hamzaoui, France

3.       Sarka Nakladalova/Veronika Opravilova, Czech Republic

4.       Arjanne Stevens/Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands

Gold MedalLima/Solbert Salgado def. Castelli/Hamzaoui, 21-11 and 21-12 (29 minutes)

Bronze Medal - Nakladalova/Opravilova def. Stevens/Van Iersel, 21-16 and 21-17 (38)

Pictured - Podium Pride (left to right) - Castelli, Hamzaoui, Solberg Salgado, Lima, Opravilova and Nakladalova


France, Saint Quay Portrieux (August 7-10, 2003)

1.       Anna Morozova/Alexandra Shiryaeva, Russia

2.       Katrin Holtwick/Maria Kleefisch, Germany

3.       Carolina Solberg Salgado/Maria Salgado Rufino, Brazil

4.       Tanya Schmocker/Melanie Schoneberger, Switzerland

Gold MedalMorozova/Shiryaeva def. Holtwick/ Kleefisch, 21-19 and 21-16 (37)

Bronze Medal – Solberg Salgado/Salgado Rufino def. Schmocker/Schoneberger 21-12 and 21-18 (34)


Italy, Catania (July 10-14, 2002)

1.       Juliana Felisberta Silva/Taiana Lima, Brazil

2.       Isabelle Forrer/Melanie Schoneberger, Switzerland

3.       Talita Rocha/Maria Salgado Rufino, Brazil

4.       Vassiliki Arvaniti/Efthalia Koutroumanidou, Greece

Gold MedalFelisberta Silva/Lima def. Forrer/Schoneberger, 21-18 and 21-15 (34)

Bronze Medal – Rocha/Salgado Rufino def. Arvaniti/Koutroumanidou , 21-15 and 21-9 (33)


France, Le Lavandou (August 24-26, 2001)

1.       Shaylyn Bede/Maria Salgado Rufino, Brazil

2.       Anna Bobrova/Anna Morozova, Russia

3.       Katerina Tychnova/Markiea Tychnova, Czech Republic

4.       Jeaqueline Alvares/Norma Perez, Mexico

Gold MedalShaylyn/Salgado Rufino, def. Bobrova/Morozova, 21-16 and 21-10 (29)

Bronze Medal – Tychnova/Tychnova def. Alvares/Perez, 21-13 and 21-15 (29)