Friday, 18 April 2014

Otera Open Kristiansand 2010 | Women
9/08/2010 - 14/08/2010

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Kristiansnd Hosts  2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour Stop

For the seventh-straight season, Shanghai will host a 2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour event as the host country will seek to extend its streak of podium finishes and a pair of Brazilian players will look for repeat gold medals at the May 3-9 tournament in the Jinshan District.  The Chinese women have claimed medal finishes the past four seasons, including gold medals in 2006 and 2007 by the tandems of Chen Xue/Xi Zhang and Jia Tian/Jie Wang, respectively.  Olympian Talita Antunes finished first on the Jinshan center court podium in 2008 with Renata Ribeiro and 2009 with Maria Antonelli. Wang placed second both times to the Brazilian winners with Tian in 2008 and Man Zuo in 2008. Wang and Tian captured the silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games with Xue and Zhang placing third after defeated Talita and Renata in the bronze medal match.  Brazilian Harley Marques has topped the Shanghai men’s podium the past three seasons, including gold medal finishes in 2007 and 2008 with Pedro Salgado, and a 2009 title with Alison Cerutti. Penggen Wu and Linyin, the most successful Chinese men’s team in the 23-year history of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, captured a silver medal in 2008 after losing the finale to Harley and Salgado.  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.  Pictured to the left below are 2009 Kristiansand women winners Talita Antunes (left) and Maria Antontelli of Brazil.

PAST NORWEGIAN WOMEN’S PODIUM PLACEMENTS

Medals - Brazil 13, USA 10, China 4, Austria 2, Greece 2, Australia 1, Norway 1

Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

Stavanger

2002

Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs, USA

Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS

Adriana Behar/Shelda Bede, BRA

Stavanger

2003

Ana Paula Connelly/Sandra Pires, BRA

Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA

Adriana/Shelda, BRA

Stavanger

2004

McPeak/Youngs, USA

Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, USA

 Walsh/Rachel Wacholder, USA

Stavanger

2005

Vassiliki Arvaniti/Vasso Karadassiou, GRE

Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA

Jia Tian/Fei Wang, CHN

Stavanger

2006

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

Adriana/Shelda, BRA

Leila Barros/Ana Paula, BRA

Stavanger

2007

Jen Kessy/April Ross, USA

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

Kristiansand

2007

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, CHN

Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Stavanger

2008

May-Treanor/Walsh, USA

Karadassiou/Arvaniti, GRE

Boss/Ross, USA

Kristiansand

2008

Maria Antonelli/Vanilda Leao, BRA

Nila Ann Hakedal/Ingrid Torlen, NOR

Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger, AUT

Stavanger 2009* Kessy/Ross, USA Juliana/Larissa, BRA Taliti/Antonelli, BRA
Kristiansand 2009 Talita/Antonelli, BRA Schwaigers, AUT Juliana/Larissa, BRA

 *SWATCH-FIVB World Championships