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

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Finland's Savio & Tuominen Upsets Sydney Bronze Medallists
SANTA PONSA, MALLORCA, July 7, 2004 - Except for an upset win by Jussi Savio and Toni Tuominen of Finland, it was "business as usual" here Wednesday as 12 of the top 16-seeded teams won matches in the men's Qualification Tournament of the US$360,000 Mallorca Open.

Seeded 23rd in the 35-team men's qualifier, Savio and Tuominen scored a 21-19 and 21-17 win over 12th-seeded Jorg Ahmann and Axel Hager of Germany, the men's bronze medallists at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games. With the win, the Finnish tandem plays sixth-seeded Fabio Magalhaes and Paulo Emilio Silva of Brazil for a spot in Friday's opening Main Draw rounds.

Also eliminated in the opening rounds were seventh-seeded Luizão Correa and Pedro Grael Brazão in the Brazilian country quota playoff, and 15th-seeded Ahren Cadieux and Richard Van Huizen of Canada and 16th-seed Mario Silva and Miguel Xisto of Angola in the elimination bracket.

All four of the teams still in the running for a spot in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games also won their qualifying matches Wednesday along with Francisco Alvarez and Juan Rosell, the top-seeded team in the 35-team Qualification Tournament. The Cubans 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.

Teams pursuing Olympic berths with qualifying wins Wednesday were Stephane Canet/Mathieu Hamel of France, Roman Arkaev/Ditmitri Barsouk of Russia, Jody Holden/Conrad Leinemann of Canada and Satoshi Watanabe/Katsuhiro Shiratori of Japan.

The competition for the African continent Olympic qualifier is between the Angolans and Colin Pocock and Gershon Rorich of South Africa, who are already entered in this week's Main Draw. Silva and Xisto were eliminated from the Mallorca Open after losing to 19th-seeded Milen Stoyanov and Boris Yankov of Bulgaria.

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. After the opening men's Main Draw rounds Friday in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event, the men's final will be Sunday afternoon.