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  Phuket  2008   Women's Open
04.11.2008 -  09.11.2008

PRESENTATION

 

Phuket Hosts Third SWATCH-FIVB World Event

 

After staging women’s FIVB Challenger/Satellite events in Pattaya (2001), Bangkok (2005) and Phuket (2005), Thailand will be hosting a women’s event on the 2008 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour calendar for the third-straight year. The 2005 Phuket stop served as a prelude to the inaugural SWATCH stop in Thailand in 2006 where the competition was part of the Andaman Festival to mark the first anniversary of the Tsunami of 2004. Jen Kessy Boss and Heather Lowe won the 2001 Pattaya event for the United States while China’s Linjun Ji and Whenhui You captured the Bangkok stop. Lijun Ji was 18 years old when she won the event to become the youngest player ever to win “any” international Beach Volleyball event at the time. Eiko Koizumi and Shinako Tanaka captured Japan’s first-ever international Beach Volleyball gold medal by winning the 2005 Phuket event. After upsetting reigning Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the United States in the semi-finals, 17-year old Chen Xue and her21-year old partner Xi Zhang upset Chinese rivals Jia Tian and Jie Wang for the 2006 gold medal. May-Treanor and Walsh maintained their podium spot in 2007 by defeating American rivals Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs in the finals. Branagh and Youngs advanced to the gold medal match by upsetting Tian and Wang in the semi-finals.  Pictured to the right are Misty May-Treanor (left) and Kerri Walsh of the United States.

Phuket, the biggest island in the Thailand, is mostly mountainous with a mountain range in the west of the island from the north to the south.  Phuket is about the same size as Singapore with a population of about 250,000. The dominant religion is Theravada Buddhism, although a vast diversity of religions and art forms flourish in Phuket's multiracial environment, making it distinct from other areas of Thailand. Phuket is also the natural base for exploring the Andaman Sea, which extends from Koh Surin National Park on the border with Myanmar to the north; to Koh Tarutao National Park on the border with Malaysia to the south; and to the Andaman Islands in Indian territory far to the west.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAST THAI WOMEN’S PODIUM PLACEMENTS

Total Medals - China 3, USA 3

Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

1.  Phuket

2006

Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, CHN

Jia Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA

2.  Phuket

2007

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

Nicole Branagh/Elaine Youngs, USA

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

 

Asian Women’s SWATCH Stops - The 2008 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour women’s calendar features seven stops within the Asian Continental Federation with three events in China, and one stop each Australia, Korea, Japan and Thailand.  It is the most events in Asia since five stops where held in 2001 at Macau, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Australia.  The ABC’s of women’s Beach Volleyball (America, Australia, Brazil and China) have won 38 of the previous 39 events.  The only title won by a European team in Asia was at a 2003 in China where Rebekka Kadijk and Marrit Leenstra of the Netherlands captured the gold medal. 

 

 

 

 

 

SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR - ASIAN WOMEN'S PODIUM PLACEMENTS - 39 events

Total Medals - Brazil 48, USA 32, Australia 13, China 11, Germany 4, Japan 2, Cuba 1, Czech Republic 1, Greece 1, Italy, 1, Netherlands 1, Norway 1 and Switzerland 1

 

Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

1.        Osaka

1994

Barbra Fontana/Lori Forsythe, USA

Isabel Salgado/Roseli Timm, BRA

Liz Masakayan /Karolyn Kirby, USA

2.        Pusan 

1995

Holly McPeak/Nancy Reno, USA

Kirby/Masakayan, USA

Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, BRA

3.        Osaka 

1995

McPeak/Reno, USA

Linda Hanley/Angela Rock, USA

Sandra/Jackie, BRA

4.        Bali

1995

McPeak/Reno, USA

Sandra/Jackie, BRA

Kirby/Rock, USA

5.        Brisbane 

1995

McPeak/Reno, USA

Sandra/Jackie, BRA

Beate Buhler/Danja Musch, GER

6.        Osaka 

1996

Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS

Danalee Bragado/Pat Keller, USA

Sarah Straton /Liane Fenwick, AUS

7.        Pusan 

1996

Lisa Arce/McPeak, USA

Yuki Ishizaka/Yukiko Takahashi, JPN

Adriana Samuel/Monica Rodrigues, BRA

8.        Jakarta 

1996

Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, BRA

Maike Friedrichsen/Musch, GER

Sandra/Jackie, BRA

9.        Melbourne 

1997

Sandra/Jackie, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Arce/McPeak, USA

10.     Osaka 

1997

Adriana/Monica, BRA

Friedrichsen/Musch, GER

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

11.     Pusan 

1997

Arce/McPeak, USA

Adriana/Monica, BRA

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

12.     Osaka 

1998

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Sandra/Adriana Samuel, BRA

Lisa Arce/McPeak, USA

13.     Dalian 

1998

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Arce/McPeak, USA

Pauline Manser/Pottharst, AUS

14.     Osaka 

1999

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

Ana Paula Connelly/Jackie, BRA

15.     Dalian 

1999

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Annett Davis/Jenny J. Jordan, USA

Arce/Fontana, USA

16.     Osaka

2000

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Mika Teru Saiki/Yukiko Takahashi, JPN

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

17.     Dalian

2000

Masakayan/Elaine Youngs, USA

Misty May-Treanor/McPeak, USA

Ron Chi/Zi Xiong, CHN

18.     Sydney (OG)

2000

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Sandra/Adriana Samuel, BRA

19.     Macau

2001

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

May-Treanor/McPeak, USA

20.     Osaka 

2001

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Misty May /Kerri Walsh, USA

Elaine Youngs/Fontana, USA

21.     Maoming

2001

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Tatiana Minello/Sandra, BRA

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

22.     Hong Kong

2001

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA

Daniela Gattelli/Lucilla Perrotta, ITA

23.     Brisbane(GWG)

2001

Sandra/Tatiana Minello, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Fontana/Youngs, USA

24.     Osaka

2002

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Ana Paula/Tatiana, BRA

May/Walsh, USA

25.     Maoming

2002

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

McPeak/Youngs, USA

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

26.     Osaka

2003

Ana Paula/Sandra, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Cook/Nicole Sanderson, AUS

27.     Lianyungang

2003

Rebekka Kadijk/Marrit Leenstra, NED

Suzanne Lahme/Musch, GER

Cook/Sanderson, AUS

28.     Bali

2003

Jia Tian/Fei Wang, CHN

Dalixia Fernandez Grasset/Tamara Larrea Peraza, CUB

Eva Celbova/Sona Novakova, CZE

29.     Shanghai

2004

McPeak/Youngs, USA

Davis/Johnson Jordan, USA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

30.     Osaka

2004

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Cook/Sanderson, BRA

Nicole Schnyder/Simone Kuhn, SUI

31.     Shanghai

2005

Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Ana Paula/Shaylyn Bede, BRA

32.     Osaka

2005

Shaylyn/Ana Paula, BRA

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

33.     Bali

2005

Talita Antunes Renata Ribeiro, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Thalia Koutroumanidou/Maria Tsiartsiani, GRE

34.     Shanghai

2006

Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, CHN

Jia Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

35.     Phuket

2006

Xue/Zhang, CHN

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

36.     Shanghai

2007

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Nila Ann Hakedal/Ingrid Torlen, NOR

Talita/Renata, BRA

37.     Singapore

2007

TalitaRenata, BRA

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Xue/Zhang, CHN

38.     Seoul

2007

Tamsin Barnett/Cook, AUS

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

39.     Phuket

2007

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

Nicole Branagh/Elaine Youngs, USA

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN