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SWATCH WORLD TOUR 2012

Moscow Grand Slam | Men
  7/06/2012 - 12/06/2012

 
PRESS RELEASE
Semenov sets London 2012 in sight

Konstantin Semenov won his first FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour medal last year, a bronze in The Hague with partner Yaroslav Koshkarev
     
 
Moscow, Russia, February 29, 2012 – Russian beach volleyball star Konstantin Semenov has set his sights on a medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Moscow Grand Slam and a berth to the London 2012 Olympic Games ahead of the start of the season.
 
The 22-year-old clinched his first SWATCH World Tour medal at the Hague Open in the Netherlands last year alongside partner Yaroslav Koshkarev and has been training hard to add to that on the 2012 circuit.

“The mood is good and I'm looking forward to the start of the season,” he said. “I’m a little bit tired from the practice, but me and Yaroslav understand – we are founding a base for the upcoming year. That's why we try to approach the requirements of our coach with seriousness.”
 
It will be Semenov’s second full season on the Tour, although he did compete at the Sanya Open in 2009, and his experience so far makes him confident of his target this year, which include impressing his home fans.
 
“Our objectives for the season? To qualify for the Olympic Games in London and take a medal at home at the [Moscow] Grand Slam,” he added. “Of course, this does not mean that the remaining stages of the World Tour are not important for us. However, we want to perform at home particularly well.”

Moscow is the penultimate event which will count towards qualification for the London 2012 Olympic Games, with just the Rome Grand Slam a week later helping to determine the top 16 teams that will automatically move on to Horse Guards Parade.

  
 
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