Rego and Ricardo Santos defeated US pair Max Metzger
and Dax Holdren, while another Brazilian duo Marcio
Araujo and Benjamin Insfran claimed bronze.
Germany’s capital Berlin brought the tournament back to
Europe and increased the total prize money to $1million.
The men’s gold medal stayed in Brazilian hands after Marcio
Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes defeated Switzerland’s Sasha
Heyer and Paul Laciga. Local fans cheered on compatriot
Julius Brink who signalled his potential by winning bronze
with Kjell Schneider. Olympic champions Kerri Walsh and
Misty May-Treanor defended their world title with a win
over top seeds Juliana Felisberta and Larissa França. Tian
Jia and Wang Fei meanwhile showed the growing strength
of Chinese teams ahead of the Beijing 2008 Olympic
Games by claiming the bronze medal.
Gstaad brought theWorld Championships to the Swiss Alps
and US duo Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers underlined
their growing presence in the men’s game by defeating
Russia’s Dmitri Barsouk and Igor Kolodinsky in the final.
Australia’s Andrew Schacht and Joshua Slack beat Emanuel
Rego and Ricardo Santos in the bronze-medal match to
ensure, for the first time, that there were no Brazilians on
the men’s podium. Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor
again held onto their world title with a win over 2005
bronze medallists Tian Jia and Wang Fei, while Juliana
Felisberta and Larissa França won bronze by defeating
another Chinese pair Chen Xue and Zhang Xi.
Norwegian port Stavanger brought the World
Championships to the Vaagen Harbour dockside venue
and German duo Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann
made history by becoming the first European pair to win a
world title. They defeated Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Harley
Marques Silva, while Olympic champions and defending
gold medallists, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers finished
with bronze. Their fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer
Kessy ensured that the USA continued to dominate the
women’s competition by winning gold on Independence
Day. They beat Juliana Felisberta and Larissa França, while
another Brazilian pair Maria Antonelli and Talita Antunes
claimed the bronze medals.
Rome’s Foro Italico Sports Complex provided a fitting
backdrop to a tournament in which Brazil reigned supreme
in both the men’s and women’s competitions. The centre
court was filled to its 10,000 capacity to witness Juliana
Felisberta and Larissa França finally get their hands
on a major title after two silver medals and a bronze
from previous tournaments. They beat double Olympic
champions Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor in the gold-
medal match,while China’s Chen Xue and Zhang Xi claimed
bronze. In the men’s competition Emanuel Rego and Alison
Cerutti cut a swath through the opposition on their way to
a final against Emanuel’s long-time partner Ricardo Santos
who was playing with Marcio Araujo. Emanuel added a
third world title after he and Alison showed no mercy to
their compatriots, while 2009 champions Julius Brink and
Jonas Reckermann recovered from losing in the semifinals
to win the bronze medal.
Brazil continue to be a powerhouse in the sport with Alison and
Emanuel (pictured) and Juliana and Larissa claiming the 2011 titles
in Rome