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  Osaka  2008   Women's Open
20.05.2008 -  25.05.2008

PRESENTATION

 

SWATCH-FIVB WORLD TOUR RETURNS TO OSAKA

 

Image:Osaka City.jpgAfter a two-year absence, Osaka returns to the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour calendar by staging its 13th event. Dubbed Japan’s “second city”, Osaka has hosted the most international Beach Volleyball stops since the start of the women’s FIVB circuit in 1992. The French Mediterranean port city of Marseille ranks second on the list with 10 events. Rio de Janeiro tops the men’s list with 14 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events since the start of the men’s circuit in 1987. After teams from the United States and Australia combined to win the first three Osaka stops, Brazilian tandems have won the last nine events led by legendary pair of Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar. After placing third in 1997, Shelda and Adriana won six of the next eight Osaka events as the South Americans placed second in 2003 and third in 2005. Shaylyn Bede, Shelda’s younger sister, captured the 2005 Osaka gold medal with Ana Paula Connelly, who teamed with Sandra Pires to defeat Shelda and Adriana for the 2003 crown. The best finish by the host country was a silver medal in 2000 by Mika Teru Saiki and Yukiko Takahashi, who finished fourth at the Sydney Olympic Games for Japan. Osaka is one of nine new sites in 2008 on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour calendar along with Adelaide (Australia), Guaruja (Brazil), Sanya (China), Prague (Czech Republic), Myslowice (Poland), Moscow (Russia), Barcelona (Spain) and Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

Osaka is as an attractive, user friendly city and several new museums and other attractions have been added in recent times, all of which have helped to add to the overall cultural feel of the place. Leafy promenades abound beside fresh water and many people enjoy strolling along the riverbanks and relaxing in scenic splendor. Furthermore, each summer one can enjoy the amazement of what is known as the ‘Tenjin Matsuri’, a spectacular sailing festival containing decorated ships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAST JAPANESE WOMEN’S PODIUM PLACEMENTS

Medals - Brazil 18, USA 9, Australia 6, Germany 1, Japan 1, Switzerland 1

 

 

 

 

 

 Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

1. Osaka

1994

Barbra Fontana/Lori Forsythe, USA

Isabel Salgado/Roseli Timm, BRA

Karolyn Kirby/Liz Masakayan, USA

2. Osaka

1995

Holly McPeak/ Nancy Reno, USA

Linda Hanley/Angela Rock, USA

Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, BRA

3. Osaka

1996

Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS

Danalee Bragado/Pat Keller, USA

Liane Fenwick/Sarah Straton, AUS

4. Osaka

1997

Monica Rodrigues/Adriana Samuel, BRA

Maike Friedrichsen/Danja Musch, GER

Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, BRA

5. Osaka

1998

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Pires/Samuel, BRA

Lisa Arce/McPeak, USA

6. Osaka

1999

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

Ana Paula/Silva, BRA

7. Osaka

2000

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Mika Teru Saiki/Yukiko Takahashi, JPN

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

8. Osaka

2001

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Misty May /Kerri Walsh, USA

Fontana/ Elaine Youngs, USA

9. Osaka

2002

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Ana Paula/Tatiana Minello, BRA

May/Walsh, USA

10. Osaka

2003

Ana Paula/Pires, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Cook/Nicole Sanderson, AUS

11. Osaka

2004

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Cook/Sanderson, AUS

Simone Kuhn/Nicole Schnyder, SUI

12. Osaka

2005

Shaylyn Bede/Ana Paula, BRA

Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

 

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