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Dieckmann's Injury Nets Swiss Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Berth
SALVADOR, BRAZIL, March 20, 2004 - The reoccurrence of an abdominal strain sidelined Markus Dieckmann of Germany from Saturday's first semi-final match where he and Jonas Reckermann were scheduled to play Stefan Kobel and Patrick Heuscher of Switzerland.

With the forfeit, the sixth-seeded Kobel and Heuscher advance to Sunday's gold medal match where they will play the winner of Saturday's second semi-final where 11th-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina challenge top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil in men's the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener.

"We are disappointed about not playing," said Heuscher when he learned of Dieckmann's withdrawal. "Markus has had this problem since last season and I guess it flared up again yesterday. Although we are in pretty good shape after spending the last month in Brazil, I guess another day's rest will help us for Sunday's final."

Entering the US$180,000 Brazilian Open as the fourth-ranked team from the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, Kobel and Heuscher felt their month's training in Brazil has really helped their preparation for the season opener.

"Being in Brazil for a month has really helped us in adjusting to the hot and humid weather," Heuscher added. "We have been training with quality opponents on the Brazilian beaches as we felt that we needed to me sharp to start the season."

Dieckmann said he aggravated his injury during the first of set of this third match Friday when the fourth-seeded Germans qualified for the semi-finals with a 20-22, 21-16 and 15-12 win in 62 minutes over Tande Ramos and Franco Neto of Brazil. All three of Dieckmann and Reckerman's matches were three-setters Friday as they opened with a 74-minute win over Todd Rogers and Sean Scott before losing to Emanuel and Ricardo in 54 minutes.

"I tested it early this morning," said Dieckmann, who joined his partner on the training courts two hours before the scheduled semi-final match with the Swiss. "I just couldn't get things going and I don't what to take a chance to continuing aggravating this injury. I wanted to play, but just did not feel comfortable."

As for playing Sunday's bronze medal match, Dieckmann did not commit saying that "this is an injury that you don't take lightly. The best thing is rest. I'll see how I feel when I awake tomorrow. I am disappointed about not playing as we have been playing well this week."
Press releases
Date Press release
21-Mar-2004 Emanuel & Ricardo Stop Swiss Tandem for Brazilian Open Gold
21-Mar-2004 Emanuel y Ricardo detiene a dupla suiza en la lucha del oro en Abierto Brasileño
21-Mar-2004 La médaille d'Or de l'Open du Brésil aux brésiliens Emanuel et Ricardo qui battent le tandem suisse
21-Mar-2004 Dieckmann's Injury Hands Bronze Medal to Argentina
21-Mar-2004 Lesión de Dieckmann le da la medalla de bronce a Argentina
20-Mar-2004 Brazil's Emanuel & Ricardo Earn Gold Medal Berth Versus Swiss Duo
20-Mar-2004 Brasileños Emanuel y Ricardo van por el oro ante dupla suiza
20-Mar-2004 Les brésiliens Emanuel et Ricardo disputeront la médaille d'Or à la paire suisse
20-Mar-2004 Dieckmann's Injury Nets Swiss Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Berth
20-Mar-2004 Lesión de Dieckmann le da a los suizos opción a la medalla de oro
19-Mar-2004 Four Elimination Bracket Wins Friday Net Argentinean Advancement
19-Mar-2004 Argentinos clasifican tras cuatro triunfos en eliminatorias
19-Mar-2004 Quatre victoires consécutives propulsent les Argentins en demi-finale
19-Mar-2004 Top-seeded Brazilians Roar Back Against Germans Enroute to Semis
19-Mar-2004 Brasileños mejor sembrados superan a alemanes y ya están en semifinales
18-Mar-2004 Estonia Team Eliminates Top-Rated Swiss Tandem
18-Mar-2004 Equipo de Estonia elimina a la mejor dupla suiza
18-Mar-2004 Les Estoniens éliminent les vedettes Suisses
18-Mar-2004 Australian & Cuban Teams Challenge Top-seeded Brazilians
18-Mar-2004 Equipos australianos y cubanos desafían a los brasileños número uno
18-Mar-2004 Australiens et Cubains défient les têtes de série Brésilienes
18-Mar-2004 No. 3 & Trying Harder
18-Mar-2004 Not Just in Southern California or Brazil!
17-Mar-2004 Brazilian Open Qualifier Features Upsets
17-Mar-2004 Clasificatorio del Abierto de Brasil arroja derrotas
17-Mar-2004 Tournure étonnante des qualifications au Brésil
16-Mar-2004 Canadian Switch Nets Beach Volleyball Results
16-Mar-2004 Buenos resultados canadienses en el Voleibol de Playa
16-Mar-2004 Bons résultats canadiens en Beachvolley
16-Mar-2004 Brazil, Norway & USA Teams Advance From Salvador Country Quota Playoffs
16-Mar-2004 Brésil, Norvège et Etats-Unis se mettent en avant dans les barrages à Salvador
16-Mar-2004 Equipos de Brasil, Noruega y EE UU avanzan en Salvador en el Playoff de cuota por países
15-Mar-2004 Salvador Beach Volleyball Event Opens Men's Season
15-Mar-2004 Torneo de Voleibol de Playa en Salvador abre la temporada masculina
15-Mar-2004 Ouverture à Salvador du Beach Volleyball masculin

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