Saturday, 19 April 2014

Foro Italico Beach Volley Grand Slam Rome 2010 | Women
17/05/2010 - 22/05/2010

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Rome Hosts SWATCH FIVB World Tour Grand Slam Event

After staging a “successful” single gender event in 2009, the Italian Volleyball Federation will increase its involvement on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour by hosting a men’s and women’s Grand Slam event May 17-23 in Rome as a prelude to the 2011 SWATCH FIVB World Championships. The Italian capital hosted its first-ever SWATCH FIVB World Tour event in 2009 when Germany’s Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann won men’s titles on the Parco del Foro Italico center court. It was Brink and Reckermann’s first of four SWATCH gold medals in 2009 as the German pair captured the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships in Norway followed by Grand Slam title in Switzerland and Russia. All four gold medal wins were over Brazilian tandems as Brink and Reckermann finished the 2009 FIVB Beach Volleyball season as the top team on the SWATCH tour after edging Alison Cerutti and Harley Marques of Brazil for the point’s championship. Alison and Harley placed third in the inaugural Rome event after dropping a three-set semi-final to compatriots Pedro Cunha and Pedro Cunha. The Rome Grand Slam will feature US$600,000 in prize money and will be the first of six “major” events on the 2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar. The women’s event in Rome will be the first in Italy since 2006 when Modena hosted the season-opening event in May 2006 where Brazilians Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa França upset American Olympic and world champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerry Walsh in the finale.  Rome is Italy's largest and most populous city with over 2.7-million residents. Located in the central-western portion of the Italian peninsula on the Tiber river, Rome's history as a city spans over two and a half thousand years, as one of the founding cities of Western Civilization. Even outside of the history of the Roman Empire, Rome has a significant place in the story of Christianity up to the present day as the home of the Roman Catholic Church. As one of the few major European cities that escaped World War II relatively unscathed, central Rome remains essentially Renaissance and Baroque in character. Rome is the third-most-visited tourist destination in the European Union.  Pictured to the left is Larissa  França of Brazil, who has captured two gold medal winners on Italian sand.

 

PAST ITALIAN WOMEN’S PODIUM PLACEMENTS

Medals - Brazil 13, USA 5, China 2, Australia 1, Czech Republic 1, Germany 1, Greece 1

 

 

 

 

Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

Pescara

1997

Lisa Arce/Holly McPeak, USA

Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, BRA

Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, BRA

Vasto

1998

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Monica Rodrigues/Silva, BRA

Pires/Adirana Samuel, BRA

Cagliari

2000

Ana Paula Connelly/Monica, BRA

Annett Davis/Jenny J. Jordan, USA

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Cagliari

2001

Barbra Fontana/Elaine Youngs, USA

Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Milan

2003

Tian Jia/Wang Fei, CHN

Shelda/Adriana, BRA

Nancy Mason/Dianne DeNecochea, USA

Milan

2004

Shelda/Adiriana, BRA

Shaylyn Bede/Renta Ribeiro, BRA

Eva Celbova/Sona Novakova, CZE

Milan

2005

Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa  França, BRA

Vasso Karadassiou/Vassiliki. Arvaniti, GRE

Stephanie Pohl/Okka Rau, GER

Modena

2009

Juliana/Larissa, BRA

Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, USA

Jia Tian/Jie Wang, CHN