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Second-Straight Final Nets German First International Gold
BERLIN, GERMANY, June 27, 2004 - After being denied a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour gold medal last Sunday in Switzerland, Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann claimed the top spot on the podium "for sure" here Sunday to share the US$43,000 first-place prize in the Smart Grand Slam.
Seeded third in the 32-team Main Draw, Dieckmann and Reckermann rallied from a first set defeat to score a 20-22, 21-19 and 16-14 win in 66 minutes over the fifth-seeded Lacigas (Martin and Paul). The Swiss brothers split $29,500 for their second-place finish after playing two more matches this week as compared to the winner's six results.

"This is special," said Markus Dieckmann after the award's ceremony that also featured bronze medal winners Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina, who split $23,000 for third-place. "Winning in Berlin before the German fans and our families makes all the hard work worth it. We have been in gold matches before, and finally today, we stand proud of our accomplishments."

The Lacigas overcome a 12-11 deficit in the first set to lead 14-12. The Germans tied it at 20-20 as the Swiss scored the last two points. Dieckmann and Reckermann led 10-5 in the second set before the Swiss tied the set at 12s, 13s and 14s. Three-straight German points led to a 17-14 lead and control of the second set. The Germans led 3-0, 6-2 and 9-4 in the third-and-deciding set before the Swiss tied it at 12s and 14s.

Competing in their second-straight final after losing in Gstaad last Sunday to Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel, the win before a packed Schlossplatz centre court stadium of 6,000 was the first-ever gold medal finish in an "open" SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event for Dieckmann and Reckermann.

Dieckmann, whose twin brother (Christoph, four minutes younger) placed seventh with Andreas Scheuerpflug in the competition after being eliminated by the Lacigas Saturday, and Reckerman were competing in their 11th SWATCH-FIVB World Tour "final four" in 32 starts together. The 2004 European Champions, the Germans have already placed second this season in Serbia and Montenegro, and Switzerland. As for the SWATCH fastest serve, Reckerman won the watch with a 96.2 k/ph serve during the finals.

Sunday's final also marked the first-time that European teams have competed in back-to-back SWATCH-FIVB World Tour "open" events. In the first 153 "open" SWATCH-FIVB events, there was only one All-European final when Norway's Jan Kvalheim and Bjorn defeated J. P. Jodard and Christian Penigaud of France in a 1994 final in Marseille, France.

In the bronze medal match, Baracetti and Conde defeated top-ranked Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil 21-12, 16-21 and 15-12 in 52 minutes. 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.

The $600,000 Smart Grand Slam was the second of five-straight mixed gender events on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil captured the women's gold medal Saturday. The international circuit continues next week in Norway followed by mixed gender events in Mallorca and Marseille.
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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