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Brazil's Benjamin & Marcio Araujo Net SWATCH Marseille Gold Medal
MARSEILLE, FRANCE, July 18, 2004 - Brazil's Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Araujo continued their winning ways against Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel here Sunday afternoon after defeating the Switzerland Beach Volleyball team for the eighth-time in nine meetings in the men's finals of the US$560,000 World Series 13.

The 12-21, 22-20 and 15-12 win in 52 minutes over the third-seeded Heuscher and Kobel marked the first gold medal finish this season in six events for fourth-seeded Benjamin and Marcio Araujo, who won three titles last season enroute to becoming the No. 2-ranked team on the Olympic qualifying list for the 2004 Athens Gamres.

"We struggled early due to injuries and my recovery from an appendix operation in March," said Marcio Araujo. "As I mentioned yesterday, I think the two weeks off from the SWATCH Tour really helped us. I think we were a lot fresher than most of the teams this week. After the first set, we started playing better in the wind and controlling the ball much better. Those were tough conditions for both teams."

Ranked behind fellow Brazilians Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos (3,920 to 3,128) on the qualifying list for Athens for a teams best eight finishes on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour from January 2003 through last weekend, Benjamin and Marcio Araujo split the $41,500 first-place prize. Marcio Araujo was also presented the the SWATCH fastest serve awardo (85.6 km/h).

Heuscher and Kobel, who also missed the last two SWATCH stops in Norway and Mallorca, split $27,500 for the silver medal finish. Kobel was forced to retire from last month's German Grand Slam due to a calf injury. Prior to Berlin stop, the Swiss tandem had won the Gstaad event in the Swiss Alps by defeating Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany in the finals.

"We just don't play well against them," said Heuscher, who rank fifth on the Olympic qualifying list behind the Swiss Laciga brothers (Martin and Paul) and Dieckmann and Reckermann. "There is a reason why they are the second-ranked team on the list. They are talented, experience and competitive. It is never easy playing them, especially in this win. We just could not control the ball in the final two sets"

Argentina's Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde were awarded the bronze medal and shared $21,500 for their fifth podium placement this season. Todd Rogers and Sean Scott forfeited the third-place match due to injury. The Americans split $16,900 in placing fourth for the second time in 2004.

Sunday's World Series 13 action will also feature the women's finals where the United States has already secured the top two spots on the podium. Second-seeded Kerri Walsh and Rachel Wacholder defeated fourth-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan for the $41,500 first-place prize.
Press releases
Date Press release
18-Jul-2004 Brazil's Benjamin & Marcio Araujo Net SWATCH Marseille Gold Medal
18-Jul-2004 Die Schweizer Heuscher/Kobel unterliegen Brasilien im Final der SWATCH World Tour in Marseille
18-Jul-2004 Brasileños Benjamín y Marcio Araujo conquistan la medalla de oro en torneo SWATCH de Marsella
17-Jul-2004 SWATCH Marseille Final Features Brazil & Switzerland
17-Jul-2004 Final en Marsella presente choque entre Brasil y Suiza
17-Jul-2004 Brazil's Benjamin & Marcio Araujo Gain First 2004 SWATCH Final

17-Jul-2004 Swiss & Brazilians Lead Men's "Final Four" Lineup

17-Jul-2004 Swiss & Brazilians Net First Men's Semi-final Berths
16-Jul-2004 Eight Beach Volleyball Teams Seek Men's "Final Four" Berths
16-Jul-2004 Ocho equipos de Voleibol de Playa en busca de vacante a semifinal masculina
16-Jul-2004 Brazilians, Germans & Swiss Near "Final Four" Berths
15-Jul-2004 Norwegian & German Teams Benefit from Upset Wins
15-Jul-2004 Equipos noruegos y alemanes se benefician con triunfos
14-Jul-2004 World Series 13 Qualifying Features Olympic-bound Teams
14-Jul-2004 Clasificatorio de las Series Mundiales 13 presenta a equipos olímpicos
14-Jul-2004 Another Strong Brazilian Country Quota Test
13-Jul-2004 Lacigas Near Million-Dollar Earning Milestone
13-Jul-2004 Los Laciga cerca del millón de dólares en ganancias

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