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Brazil, Norway & USA Teams Advance From Salvador Country Quota Playoffs
SALVADOR, BRAZIL, March 16, 2004 - Three teams from Brazil joined tandems from Norway and the United States in advancing from the country quota playoffs here Tuesday to the opening elimination rounds of the first men's SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event of 2004.

With 40 teams entered in the Qualification Tournament, six teams were eliminated Tuesday morning due to country quota playoffs that ousted three other tandems from Brazil along with two from the United States and one from Norway.

Played in front of the Catussaba Resort Hotel, the teams advancing from the country quota playoffs for host Brazil were Fabio de Jesus Magalhães/Paulo Emilio Silva, Pedro Cunha/Pará Ferreira and Garrido, Murilo Teixeira/Thomas Klepper.

Playing in their first SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event together, the team of Cunha and Pará represents the "young and old" of Brazilian Beach Volleyball. Pará is starting his 11th-season on the international tour with eight gold medal finishes, including the 1997 World Championship title with Guilherme Marques in Los Angeles. He is playing in his 95th FIVB event compared to Cunha's second.

The 21-year old Cunha won the men's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships U-21 championship last August in France when he and Pedro Solberg Salgado defeated Germany's Daniel Krug and Mischa Urbatzka in the gold medal match. Cunha and Adriano Fonseca won the Silver Medal at the U-21-championships in 2002 at Catania, Italy.

"I'm still young at 30," said Pará, "but Cunha makes me feel old with his youthful play. "He's going to be a good one. However, he will find that the competition is very fierce at this level and he can not rest for a second. Overall, this is our second tournament together and we are just trying to figure out what is best for our team."

Eric Fonoimoana, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold Medallists with Dain Blanton, and Kevin Wong won the three-team United States country quota playoffs by out-lasting Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer 19-21, 21-15 and 15-12. To determine Norway's final spot in the Qualification Tournament's elimination bracket, Jon Grydeland and Magne Kobbevik ousted Vegard Lyng and Trygve Leite 21-15 and 21-15.

The two-day Qualification Tournament will place the final eight teams in the Main Draw where 24 tandems from 13 countries have already been certified, including 15 of the 16 top-ranked teams from the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.
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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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