Friday, 1 August 2014

Seoul Open | Women
25/05/2010 - 30/05/2010

  Presentation
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Seoul Hosts SWATCH FIVB World Tour Stop

 

Seoul will host its fourth-straight women's SWATCH FIVB World Tour events as the 2007 Korean stop was the country's first international Beach Volleyball event in 10 seasons after Pusan hosted women's events for three years (1995-1997). Teams from Australia, Brazil and China have captured the past three Seoul SWATCH stops starting with Natalie Cook and Tamsin Cook of Australia upsetting Jia Tian and Jie Wang of China in the 2007 finale.  China captured the 2008 gold medal as Chen Xue and Xi Zhang defeated Shelda Bede and Ana Paula Connelly of Brazil.  Talita Antunes and Maria Antonelli topped the 2009 Seoul podium by defeating Jen Kessy and April Ross of the United States in the gold medal match.  Teams from the United States won all three Pusan gold medals as three-time Olympian Holly McPeak was a member of each winning team.  McPeak and her Atlanta 1996 Olympic partner Nancy Reno claimed the 1995 gold medal.  McPeak and Lisa Arce won the next two Pusan gold medals as the 1996 finale marked the first of two SWATCH FIVB World Tour title matches for teams from Japan. Yukiko Takahashi and Yuki Ishizaka captured the 1996 Pusan silver medal.  Japan's other SWATCH finale was in 2000 when Takahashi and her Sydney 2000 Olympic partner Mika Teru Saiki placed second to Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil in Osaka, Japan.  Kyung-Hee Ji and Sung-Min Kim were ninth at the 1996 Pusan stop for the top women's placement for South Korea on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.  With over 10 million people living within its city limits, Seoul is one of the most populous cities in the world. However, with an area of only 605 square kilometres, Seoul is one of the most densely populated major cities, like Tokyo and Hong Kong. Seoul's population density has allowed it to become one of the world's most digitally-connected cities. Upon the establishment of the Republic of Korea in 1948, Seoul became the capital and was designated the nation's only Special City.  Pictured to the left below are 2009 Seoul champions Talita (left) and Antonelli of Brazil.

 

 

PAST KOREAN WOMEN’S PODIUM PLACEMENTS
Medals - Brazil 7, USA 6, Australia 2, China 2, Japan 1
 

 

 

 

Site

Year

Gold Medal

Silver Medal

Bronze Medal

 Pusan

1995

Holly McPeak/Nancy Reno, USA

Karolyn Kirby/Liz Masakayan, USA

Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, BRA

 Pusan

1996

Lisa Arce/McPeak, USA

Yuki Ishizaka/Yukiko Takahashi, JPN

Monica Rodrigues/Adriana Samuel, BRA

 Pusan

1997

Arce/McPeak, USA

Monica/Adriana, BRA

Natalie Cook/Kerri Pottharst, AUS

Seoul

2007

Tamsin Barnett/Cook, AUS

Jia Tian/Jie Wang, CHN

Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, BRA

Seoul

2008

Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, CHN

Shelda Bede/Ana Paula Connelly, BRA

Nancy Branagh/Elaine Youngs, USA

Seoul

2009 Talita Antunes/Maria Antonelli, BRA Jen Kessy/April Ross, USA Vanidla Leao/Renata Ribeiro, BRA