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FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
MAZURY 2013 MEDIA GUIDE
SOROKINS & SMEDINS, T.
Together since: 2013 (6)
Ruslan Sorokins and Toms Smedins are Latvia’s third new pairing for
the 2013 season, playing at the Fuzhou Open and then in the first
four Grand Slams of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. Their best
result so far is a ninth-place finish in Rome. The 31-year-old Sorokins
previously played alongside Aleksandrs Sorokins from 2008 until
the end of 2012. They featured at the 2009 and 2011 FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Championships in Stavanger and Rome as well as
the London 2008 Olympic Games. Smedins, 27, is by two years the
elder brother of Latvia’s London 2012 bronze medallist Janis Smedins.
They played as a team together from 2006 until 2008, finished fourth
at the 2003 U21 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland and
also competed at the 2003 U19 World Championships in Pattaya,
Thailand. In 2004 Smedins won silver with Valters Ramma at the 2004
U21 World Championships in Porto Santo, Portugal.
MOST RECENT TEAM RESULTS
Year Tournament
Country Category Rk Prize money
2013
Rome
ITA
GS
9
5,500
2013
The Hague
NED GS
17
3,700
2013
Baden
AUT
MST
9
750
2013
Corrientes
ARG GS
17
3,700
2013
Shanghai
CHN GS
33
0
2013
Fuzhou
CHN OPEN 25
800
LAT