Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Patria Direct Open | Men
15/06/2010 - 20/06/2010

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Prague Returns to SWATCH FIVB World Tour Calendar


Prague returns to the SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar in 2010 as the Czech Republic capital hosted its first ever "open" international Beach Volleyball event in 2008 where men's teams from Brazil, Germany and the United States filled the three podium spots.  American Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal captured the 2008 Prague gold medal by defeating Germans Julius Brink and Christoph Dieckmann in the finals with Olympic and world champions Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos claiming the bronze medal.  Prior to the 2008 event, the Czech Republic had staged FIVB Challenger events in Karlovy Vary (1997) and Brno (2006 and 2007).  The Czech Republic’s Michal Biza and Martin Lebl won the 2007 Challenger by defeating Canadians Jessi Lelliott and Martin Reader in the finale. Brazilians Rodrigo Monteiro and Hevaldo Moreira won the 2006 Brno stop by defeating Simon Dahl and Stefan Gunnarsson of Sweden for the gold medal. Future Olympians competed for the 1997 Karlovy Vary title as the Swiss brothers Laciga (Martin and Paul) defeated Vegard Hoidalen and Jorre Kjemperud of Norway in the finals.  With a population over 1.2 million, Prague is situated on the River Vltava in central Bohemia and is the political, cultural, and economic center of the Czech state for over 1,100 years.  Prague is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is among the most visited cities on the continent[. Since 1992, the historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Nicknames for Prague have included "the mother of cities", "city of a hundred spires" and "the golden city". Prague opera, theatre, sightseeing, restaurants & nightlife make this the most exciting city in Central Europe.  Pictured below to the left are American gold medal winners at the 2008 Prague Open Jake Gibb (left) and Sean Rosenthal.



























Total Medals - Brazil 1, Germany 1, United States 1




Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal



Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal, USA

Julus Brink/Christoph Dieckmann, GER

Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, BRA