Men's Brazil Open 2004
Salvador, March 16 - 21

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Dieckmann's Injury Hands Bronze Medal to Argentina
SALVADOR, BRAZIL, March 21, 2004 - Four three-set matches in a row probably ended Markus Dieckmann's play in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener this weekend, but the fit German looks forward to traveling to South Africa Monday to begin preparations for another Beach Volleyball event.

The reoccurrence of an abdominal strain for Dieckmann led to the forfeiture of his final two matches with Jonas Reckermann, including Sunday's scheduled bronze medal match against 11th-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina in the US$180,000 Brazilian Open.

While also forfeiting Saturday's semi-final sixth-seeded Stefan Kobel and Patrick Heuscher of Switzerland, Dieckmann and Reckermann still finished fourth to split $11,000. Baracetti and Conde, who dropped a 19-21, 21-18 and 15-9 semi-final decision to top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil Saturday, shared $14,000 for the bronze medal.

With the men playing an international event in Salvador for the first-time, the Brazilian Open concludes Sunday on the centre court in front of the Catussaba Resort Hotel where Emanuel and Ricardo are challenged by Kobel and Heuscher for the gold medal and the $27,000 first-place prize.

"I hope to play this coming week in Cape Town," said Dieckmann after his early morning breakfast. "I just didn't feel right when I awoke Saturday and I don't want to continue to aggravate this injury anymore. I'll travel to South Africa and will attempt to practice Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the event. If I am pain free, I will attempt to play Thursday when the Main Draw starts."

After opening with a two set win over a team from Estonia, Dieckmann and Reckermann had four-straight three-set matches against teams from the United States and Brazil. Emanuel and Ricardo handed the German's their first loss 11-21, 21-11 and 15-11 before Dieckmann and Reckermann advanced to the "final four" with a 20-22, 21-16 and 15-12 win over Tande Ramos and Franco Neto of Brazil.

The SWATCH-FIVB World Tour returns to South Africa for the first-time since 1996 as South Africa hosts teams from 28 countries on the sands of Camps Bay. Both South African SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events were won by Brazilians. Emanuel and ZeMarco de Melo on the 1995 Cape Town event Guilherme Marques and Pará Ferreira won the 1996 Durban.

Following the South Africa stop, the men's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour takes a break until May 19-23 when China hosts its first men's international event in Lianyungang. Other Olympic qualifying events prior July 11 will be in Serbia and Montenegro, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany, Norway and Canada.
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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