Women's competition, Rio de Janeiro
From 20 September To 25 September 2004

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It’s back to Brazil for the ladies of the Swatch – FIVB World Tour between September 20 – 25 as the last competitive event of the season hits the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Memories of Fortaleza, where the tour’s opening event took place, will be distant and the thoughts of all competitors will be solely on gaining final victory in front of thousands of Beach Volleyball mad Brazilians.

Some say that Brazil is “the home” of Beach Volleyball, and few who have seen just what this sport means to the locals would argue.

Rio was the venue for last year’s Swatch Beach Volleyball World Championships and the city, as usual, put on a scintillating show for the masses. With home favourites Adriana Brandao Behar and Shelda Kelly Bruno present in the tournament’s final match there was so much noise and atmosphere generated that one could have forgiven their fellow finalists Misty May and Kerri Walsh of America for deciding to pack up and race for the nearest exit.

Yet the Americans are made of stern stuff and not only did they take the court on that spine tingling day, they also managed to defeat the host team and win the world title. A tight two sets to nil victory (21-19, 21-19) left no-one in any doubt that May and Walsh were the true queens of the sand.

With its fantastic party atmosphere Brazil is traditionally the final stop on the annual SWATCH FIVB World Tour. The Brazilian teams unsurprisingly live up to their supporters' expectations with consistently strong performances in front of a passionate and exuberant home crowd and one can expect more of the same in Rio in September.