Sunday, 20 April 2014

China Shanghai Open presented by Ningbo Beifa Group Co.,Ltd | Women
28/04/2009 - 2/05/2009

  Presentation

SHANGHAI HOSTS SIXTH SWATCH FIVB WORLD TOUR STOP

 

Called in short in Chinese "Hu" or "Shen", Shanghai hosts A SWATCH FIVB World Tour event for the sixth-straight season after the Asian country hosted Beijing 2008 Olympic Games along with two "open" events.  The 2009 stop will feature double gender competition for the fifth-straight year after teams from Brazil swept the gold medals in 2008.  Situated in the middle of China's east coastline, Shanghai has four distinct seasons and a population over 13 million.  Shanghai’s inhabitants are among the most hospitable and cheerful in the world and the city in which they live is both colorful and diverse.  In addition to hosting a SWATCH FIVB World Tour event, Shanghai is noted for its many festivals, including the Shanghai Tourism Festival, the Longhua Temple Bell Striking on New Year’s Eve, the Longhua Temple Fair, the International Tea Culture Festival and the Orange Festival.  For shoppers, culinary connoisseurs and sight-seers, Shanghai is worth the visit, especially with China’s tallest building the Jim Mao Tower, which stands at 480 meters.  The Chinese city has often been referred to as a “shopping paradise” and all tastes are catered to in Shanghai.  Favorite foods from France, Russia, Italy, England, Japan and India will be found along with 16 styles of Chinese food that can be tasted in any of the 1,000-plus restaurants throughout the city.

 

China Men’s SWATCH Stops - China hosts a men’s SWATCH FIVB World Tour stop for the sixth-straight season with Brazilian pairs capturing four of the last five gold medals led by back-to-back titles for Harley Marques and Pedro Salgado.  Shanghai hosted the country’s first double-gender international Beach Volleyball event in 2005 where Germany’s Christoph Dieckmann and Andreas Scheuerpflug upset Brazilian Olympic champions Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos in the finals.  The men’s first SWATCH FIVB World Tour event in China in 2004 saw Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain upset Emanuel and Ricardo in the finals at Lianyungang.  Three months later, the Brazilians defeated Bosma and Herrera for the Olympic gold medal in Athens.  Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes have competed in All-Brazilian finales twice by defeating Pedro Cunha and Franco Neto for the 2006 title before losing to Harley and Salgado in the 2007 finale.  The best finish by a Chinese men's team was a silver by Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu, who dropped the 2008 title match to Harley and Salgado.  Pictured left are 2008 Shanghai gold medal winners Harley (left) and Salgado of Brazil.

 

PAST CHINESE MEN’S PODIUM PLACEMENTS

Medals - Brazil 13, Germany 2, Switzerland 2, Argentina 1, China 1, Spain 1, USA 1

 

Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

Lianyungang

2004

Javier Bosma/Pablo Herrera, ESP

Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, BRA

Pedro Cunha/Para Ferreira, BRA

Shanghai

2005

C. Dieckmann/Andreas Scheuerpflug, GER

Emanuel/Ricardo, BRA

Markus Egger/Martin Laciga, SUI

Shanghai

2006

Marcio Araujo/Fabio Magalhaes, BRA

Cunha/Franco Neto, BRA

Julius Brink/Christoph Dieckmann, GER

Shanghai

2007

Harley Marques/Pedro Salgado, BRA

Marcio Araujo/Fabio, BRA

Patrick Heuscher/Sascha Heyer, SUI

Shanghai

2008

Harley/Salgado, BRA

Penggen Wu/Linyin Xu, CHN

Cunha/Franco, BRA

Beijing 2008 Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers, USA Marcio Araujo/Fabio, BRA Emanuel/Ricardo, BRA
Sanya 2008 Benjamin Insfran/Harley, BRA Cunha/Roberto Pitta, BRA Mariano Baracetti/Jose Salema, ARG

 

China Women’s SWATCH Stops - The women’s SWATCH FIVB World Tour returns to Shanghai for the sixth-straight season as the international tour stages an event in China for the 12th-straight season.  Dalian hosted women’s stops three times where Brazil’s Adriana Behar/Shelda Bede (1998 and 1999) and Liz Masakayan/Elaine Youngs of the United States (2000) won gold medals.  Two Maoming stops saw Adriana/Shelda (2001) and Misty May/Kerri Walsh of the United States (2002) win titles.  The 2003 Lianyungang event was won by the Rebekka Kadijk and Marrit Leenstra for the Netherland’s only FIVB women’s title.  The Chinese team of Jia Tian/Jie Wang have competed in two finals by losing to Chen Xue/Zhang Xi in 2006 and defeating Nila Ann Hakedal/Ingrid Torlen in 2007.  At 17 years old in 2006, Xue became the youngest player to win an international Beach Volleyball title.  The Norwegian silver medal in 2007 was the best-ever finish by a women’s team from the European country on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour.  The 2008 finale featured two Brazilian pairs competing for the gold medal with Talita Antunes and Renata Ribeiro upsetting 2005 Shanghai winners Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca for the title.  Later in 2008, Talita and Renata placed fourth in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.  Pictured above are 2008 Shanghai gold medal winners Talita (left) and Renata of Brazil. 

 

PAST CHINESE WOMEN’S PODIUM PLACEMENTS

Total Medals - Brazil 12, USA 12, China 8, Australia 4, Germany 1, Netherlands 1, Norway 1

 

 

 

Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

Dalian

1998

Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, BRA

Lisa Arce/Holly McPeak, USA

Pauline Manser/Kerri Pottharst, AUS

Dalian

1999

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Annett Davis/Jenny J. Jordan, USA

Arce/Barbra Fontana, USA

Dalian

2000

Liz Masakayan/Elaine Youngs, USA

Misty May-Treanor/McPeak, USA

Ron Chi/Zi Xiong, CHN

Maoming

2001

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Tatiana Minello/Sandra Pires, BRA

Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS

Maoming

2002

May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA

McPeak/Youngs, USA

Cook/Pottharst, AUS

Lianyungang

2003

Rebekka Kadijk/Marrit Leenstra, NED

Suzanne Lahme/Danja Musch, GER

Cook/Nicole Sanderson, AUS

Shanghai

2004

McPeak/Youngs, USA

Davis/Johnson Jordan, USA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Shanghai

2005

Juliana F. Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Ana Paula Connelly/Shaylyn Bede, BRA

Shanghai

2006

Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, CHN

Jia Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

Shanghai

2007

Tian/Wang, CHN

Nila Ann Hakedal/Ingrid Torlen, NOR

Talita Antunes/Renata Ribeiro, BRA

Shanghai

2008

Talita/Renata, BRA

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

Xue/Zhang, CHN

Beijing 2008 May-Treanor/Walsh, USA Tian/Wang, CHN Xue/Zhang, CHN
Sanya 2008 Jen Boss/April Ross, USA Ying Huang/Xi Zhang, CHN Nicole Branagh/Tyra Turner, USA