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German Beach Volleyball Win Nets All-European Gold Medal Match
GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND, June 20, 2004 - For only the second-time in 154 "open" SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events, a gold medal match will feature two teams from Europe as Germany's Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann eliminated Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Araujo of Brazil in the second men's semi-final here Sunday in the US$360,000 1to1 Energy Open.

Seeded third in the 32-team Main Draw, Dieckmann and Reckerman scored a 22-20 and 21-18 win in 47 minutes over the fourth-seeded Brazilians. The Beach Volleyball victory was the first by the German pair against Benjamin and Marcio Araujo, who had won the previous five matches since 2002.

Dieckmann and Reckermann will play second-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel in the gold medal match as the Switzerland pair advanced to the finals with a 21-19, 19-21 and 15-13 win in 57 minutes over top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil.

The last time two teams from Europe played for a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour gold medal match was in 1994 in Marseille, France when Norway's Jan Kvalheim and Bjorn defeated J. P. Jodard and Christian Penigaud of France in the finals.

With both Brazilian teams playing for the bronze, the 1to1 Energy Open title match marks the first time since a 2002 event in Spain that a tandem from Brazil has not played for a SWATCH-FIVB World Tour title. Led by Emanuel and Ricardo's three gold medal wins this season, Brazil won five of the first six international events this season. Spain's Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera defeated Emanuel and Ricardo for the China title last month.

Sunday's title match will be the fourth meeting between the two teams with Dieckmann and Reckermann winning the only two games that were actually played. The Swiss win was by forfeit as Dieckmann had to withdraw from the semi-finals at March's Brazil event due to his injury. Sunday's winning team will share the $27,000 first-place prize.

"This is great," said Dieckmann, who missed two earlier SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events this season in South Africa and China due to an abdominal strain. "We are playing very well right now. We have a lot of confidence and look forward to winning this next match to take a gold medal back to Berlin for next week's event."

Dieckmann and Reckermann will be making their second-straight appearance in the 1to1 Energy Open gold medal match. The Germans dropped the 2003 finale to Benjamin and Marcio Araujo 23-25, 21-13 and 15-10. Heuscher and Kobel placed third here last season.

Competing in their 30th SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event together, Dieckmann and Reckermann will be playing for their first "open" international title after dropping their previous four appearances in gold medal matches, including the Serbia and Montenegro Open last month where they were defeated by Emanuel and Ricardo. The Germans also had three silver medal finishes last year Mallorca, Turkey (European finals) and Gstaad.

The 1to1 Energy Open is the first of four-straight mixed gender events on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. The United States' Misty May and Kerri Walsh won the women's title by defeated Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede in the gold medal match Saturday afternoon.