Men's competition, Mallorca
From 7 July To 11 July 2004

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Three Beach Volleyball Tandems Advance from Country Quota Playoffs
SANTA PONSA, MALLORCA, July 7, 2004 - Teams from Austria, Brazil and Spain advanced from the men's country quota matches here Wednesday morning as the first of two days of qualifying has started for this week's US$360,000 Mallorca Open.

Three teams from host Spain have already been placed in the 32-team Main Draw that starts Friday where four more tandems are competing in the 35-team Qualification Tournament. The Spanish teams in the Main Draw are Javier Bosma/Pablo Herrera, Antonio Cotrino/Juan Garcia Thompson and Javier Luna/Raul Mesa.

Advancing as the fourth team in the elimination bracket for Spain from the country quota match was 35th-seeded Roman Delgado and Salvador Pastor, who defeated 33rd-seeded Jose Alarcón and Victor Garcia 23-21 and 21-14. Other teams in the elimination rounds for the host country are 26th-seeded Agustin Correa/Pedro Miralles, 28th-seeded Jose Oliva/Esteban Alzamora and 32nd-seeded Sergio Martin/Francesco Llenas.

Winning Brazil's country quota match was sixth-seeded Fabio de Jesus Magalhães and Paulo Emilio Silva, who scored a 21-19 and 21-19 win over seventh-seeded Luizão Correa and Pedro Grael Brazão. The Austrian country quota victor was 29th-seeded Sebastian Goettlinger and Alexander Horst, who ousted 34th-seeded Andre Hitzenbichler and Mario Steinöker 21-17 and 21-13.

Four of the top 15-seeded teams in the Mallorca Open qualifier are still competing for one of final spots in the 24-team Beach Volleyball competition at the 2004 Athens Games. Francisco Alvarez and Juan Rosell, the top-seeded team in the Qualification Tournament, have secured an Athens spot as they currently rank 15th on the Olympic list with 1,492 for their best eight finishes since the start of the Olympic qualifying process in January 2003.

Second-seeded Stephane Canet and Mathieu Hamel of France currently ranks 19th with 1,056 points ahead of three teams already in the Mallorca Open Main Draw from Puerto Rico (Ramon Hernandez/Raul Papaleo, 1,052), Austria (Peter Gartmayer/Robert Nowotny, 1,030) and Canada (John Child/Mark Heese, 998).

Seeking to move into the top 22 Olympic spots since the African continent and host Greece fill the last two spots, are qualifying teams of Roman Arkaev/Ditmitri Barsouk of Russia (974 Olympic qualifying points), Jody Holden/Conrad Leinemann of Canada (832) and Satoshi Watanabe/Katsuhiro Shiratori of Japan (714).

The competition for the African continent Olympic qualifier is between Mario Silva and Miguel Xisto of Angola and Colin Pocock and Gershon Rorich of South Africa, who are already entered in this week's Main Draw. The Angolans must win two qualifying matches Wednesday and Thursday to remain in the competition for the Olympics.

The fourth of five-straight mixed gender events, the Mallorca Open started Tuesday with women's qualifying. The women Draw starts Thursday with the finals Saturday where the winning team shares the $27,000 first-place prize.