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Argentina's Baracetti & Conde Bronze Winners
BERLIN, GERMANY, June 27, 2004 - Playing their ninth match since Thursday, 14th-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina captured the bronze medal here Sunday afternoon in the US$600,000 Smart Grand Slam.

In defeating top-ranked Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil 21-12, 16-21 and 15-12 in 52 minutes, Baracetti and Conde shared the $23,000 third-place. While not reaching the podium for the first time in seven SWATCH-FIVB World Tour starts this season, the Brazilians split $18,500 for fourth-place.

"We are glad with our result this week, especially since we had to play so many matches," said Conde claiming their second-straight Berlin podium placement. "Playing the Brazilians is always tough. We played well after our first match Thursday."

Both teams dropped semi-final matches Sunday morning to the gold medal finalists as Baracetti and Conde were defeated 21-18, 23-25 and 15-12 in 78 minutes by third-seeded Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckerman of Germany. The Laciga brothers of Switzerland scored a 16-21, 21-16 and 15-13 win over Emanuel and Ricardo in 61 minutes.

Like the Lacigas (Martin and Paul), the Argentineans had to reach the semi-finals by winning six-straight eliminations after dropping their first contest Thursday to a team from the United States. With a 7-2 mark, Baracetti and Conde reached the podium for the third-straight Smart Grand Slam after placing second in Berlin the past two years.

Baracetti and Conde have now advanced to three SWATCH-FIVB World Tour "final fours" this season in eight starts. The Argentineans netted bronze medal in March's Brazil event and a silver medal in Puerto Rico two weeks ago. Sunday's win over their South American rivals was Baracetti and Conde's first in four meetings between the two teams.
Press releases
Date Press release
27-Jun-2004 Second-Straight Final Nets German First International Gold
27-Jun-2004 Segunda final consecutiva les da primer oro internacional a alemanes
27-Jun-2004 Argentina's Baracetti & Conde Bronze Winners
27-Jun-2004 Swiss Brothers Net Seventh-Straight Smart Grand Slam Win
27-Jun-2004 Hermanos suizos se anotan su séptimo triunfo consecutivo en el Grand Slam Smart
27-Jun-2004 The 'Recking Ball Stops Argentinean's Hopes
27-Jun-2004 Alemanes detienen esperanzas argentinas
26-Jun-2004 Laciga's Luck Nets Smart Grand Slam "Final Four" Spot
26-Jun-2004 La suerte de los Laciga los lleva a semifinales en el Smart Grand Slam
26-Jun-2004 Emanuel & Ricardo Snare All-Brazil Win
26-Jun-2004 Emanuel y Ricardo se llevan duelo brasileño
25-Jun-2004 Germany Nets Men's "Final Four" Berth
25-Jun-2004 Alemania alcanza vacante en los "cuatro finales"
25-Jun-2004 Brazilians like Format, Seek Reversal
25-Jun-2004 A los brasileños les gusta el formato, y buscan revertir situación
24-Jun-2004 Different Week, Similar Look
24-Jun-2004 Semana diferente, parecido similar
24-Jun-2004 Sydney Olympic Gold Medallists on Different Path
24-Jun-2004 No Repeat Champions Again for Smart Grand Slam
23-Jun-2004 Men's Smart Grand Slam Main Draw Filled
23-Jun-2004 Se completa el Cuadro Principal del Gran Slam Smart Masculino
23-Jun-2004 Brazilian & USA Matches Highlight Country Quota Rounds
20-Jun-2004 German Men's Team Seeks More Successes

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