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SWATCH WORLD TOUR 2012

Patria Direct Prague Open | Men
  22/05/2012 - 27/05/2012

 
PRESS RELEASE
2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Season Update

Brazil's Ricardo Santos, left, and Pedro Cunha were all business this past week in the Czech Republic as they captured the gold medal in the Prague Open, the third men's only event on the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour.
     
 

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 27, 2012—The second of three men’s only events on the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour was held this past week with US$190,000 Patria Direct Prague Open in the Czech Republic.  The women’s world tour had the week off.  Pedro Cunha and Ricardo Santos of Brazil claimed their second gold medal of 2012 and fourth overall together by defeating fellow Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego 21-15, 19-21, 15-10 in 55 minutes.  Both genders will be back together for the third $600,000 grand slam of 2012 in Moscow from June 6-12.


2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Highlights
The 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour calendar is highlighted by an FIVB-record eight Grand Slam events along with the 2012 London Olympics as the international Beach Volleyball schedule starts in April and concludes in October. 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the first FIVB Beach Volleyball event held February 17-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The gold medal was won by USA’s Sinjin Smith/Randy Stoklos. The men’s world tour began in 1989, the women’s in 1992. Smith/Stoklos were the champions of the inaugural season in 1989-90.
• In 2012, international beach volleyball events will visit 18 sites in 15 countries over a seventh-month period.
• With the 2012 world tour calendar featuring 13 women’s and 13 men’s events within the African, Asian, European and South American confederations, the FIVB SWATCH World Tour will offer US$6.32 million in prize money.
• Nine of the tournaments will be combined men’s and women’s events, including all eight Grand Slam stops.
• Women’s-only stops will be in China (Sanya), Finland (Aland) and Thailand (Bang Saen).
• Men’s only stops will be in Poland (Myslowice), Czech Republic (Prague) and Morocco (Agadir).
• The new Grand Slam event this year will be in China (Shanghai).
• The $4.8 million FIVB SWATCH World Tour Grand Slam series will also return to 2011 venues in China (Beijing), Russia (Moscow), Italy (Rome), Switzerland (Gstaad), Austria (Klagenfurt) and Poland (Stare Jablonki). The tour will also return for the first time since 2008 to Germany (Berlin).
• Klagenfurt and Gstaad have each staged 10 or more FIVB-sanctioned Beach Volleyball events.  Both sites have hosted the FIVB SWATCH World Championships with Klagenfurt in 2001 and Gstaad in 2007.
• The opening event on the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour calendar was a double gender event in Brasília April 15-22 as the Brazilian capital celebrated its 52nd anniversary on the seventh day of competition.  During the April 21 Brasília celebration, crowds of more than 1-million attended various holiday activities around the SWATCH event. 
• The iconic Horse Guards Parade in central London will be the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games which will run from July 28 through August 9. A special Olympic test event for 24 women’s teams was held on the site last August with Brazil’s Liliane Maestrini/Angela Vieira defeating USA’s Jennifer Kessy/April Ross in the gold medal match.
• A total of 16 teams from each gender out of the 24 teams participating in the 2012 London Olympics, witj qualifying through qualification rankings from the FIVB SWATCH World Tour. For the latest rankings, for men’s visit… http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/Competitions/WorldTour/2011/OlympicRanking_M.asp and for women’s visit http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/Competitions/WorldTour/2011/OlympicRanking_W.asp. FIVB SWATCH World Tour qualifying will end with the Rome Grand Slam, June 12-17.
• China will again stage three and Poland will once again present two FIVB SWATCH World Tour stops in 2012.
• The men’s international schedule will conclude in early October in Morocco (Agadir) while the women’s competition will end in late October in Thailand (Bang Saen).
• The international beach volleyball calendar will also feature world championships for players under the age of 21 and under the age of 19.  Larnaca, Cyprus will host the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Youth World Championships July 11-14 for players under the age of 19. For the second consecutive year, Canada will host in Halifax, Nova Scotia Aug. 29-Sept. 2 the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Junior World Championships for players under the age of 21. This will be the first time for Cyprus to host one of these age group FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Championships. The U-19 world championships in 2011 were held in Umag, Croatia before Canada hosted the U-21s in Halifax.
• IMG Sports Media will continue to have the exclusive distribution media rights for the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour. For the third straight year, the tour will exclusively use the Mikasa VLS 300 ball. It was introduced in 2009 in October and November at events in Sanya and Phuket.
 

2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Men’s Leaders (through May 27)
Men (Team Rank, points)
1, Pedro Cunha/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, 2,320
2, Marcio Araujo/Pedro Salgado, Brazil, 2,160
3, Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal, United States, 2,120
4, Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers, United States, 2,040
5, Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego, Brazil, 1,960
6, Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena, United States, 1,860
7, Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil, Netherlands, 1,680
8, Adrian Gavira Collado/Pablo Herrera, Spain, 1,660
9, Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai, Italy, 1,580
10, Emiel Boersma/Daan Spijkers, Netherlands, 1,440
11, Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Ruslans Sorokins, Latvia, 1,400
12, Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik, Germany, 1,280
13, Sebastian Dollinger/Stefan Windscheif, Germany, 1,030
14, Penggen Wu/Linyin Xu, China, 940
15, Martins Plavins/Janis Smedins, Latvia, 900
16, Benjamin Insfran/Bruno Oscar Schmidt, Brazil, 880
17, Tarjei Skarlund/Martin Spinnangr, Norway, 780
18, Jason Lochhead/Kirk Pitman, New Zealand, 720
19, Alexandr Dyachenko/Alexey Sidorenko, Kazakhstan, 660
19, Sebastian Chevallier/Sascha Heyer, Switzerland, 660
21, Jon Stiekema/Christiaan Varenhorst, Netherlands, 600
22, Andy Ces/Kevin Ces, France, 588
23, David Klemperer/Eric Koreng, Germany, 580
24, Petr Benes/Premysl Kubala, Czech Republic, 540

NOTE - The 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour champions will be determined by calculating the points for a team’s best 9 men’s and women’s finishes based on 75 percent of the 13 men’s and women’s events (Open, World Championship and Grand Slam events only) staged during season and rounded down.

Men (Team Rank, events, titles, US earnings)
1, Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers, United States, 4, 2, $93,600
2, Pedro Cunha/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, 5, 2, $91,000
3, Marcio Araujo/Pedro Salgado, Brazil, 5, 0, $69,200
4, Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal, United States, 5, 0, $69,000
5, Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil, Netherlands, 4, 1, $66,800
6, Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego, Brazil, 4, 0, $64,800
7, Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena, United States, 5, 0, $57,000
8, Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai, Italy, 4, 0, $51,500
9, Adrian Gavira Collado/Pablo Herrera, Spain, 5, 0, $47,300
10, Emiel Boersma/Daan Spijkers, Netherlands, 5, 0, $38,000
11, Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Ruslans Sorokins, Latvia, 5, 0, $37,800
12, Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik, Germany, 4, 0, $33,100
13, Benjamin Insfran/Bruno Oscar Schmidt, Brazil, 3, 0, $26,400
14, Sebastian Dollinger/Stefan Windscheif, Germany, 5, 0, $24,500
15, Penggen Wu/Linyin Xu, China, 4, 0, $24,000
16, Martins Plavins/Janis Smedins, Latvia, 4, 0, $23,350
17, Tarjei Skarlund/Martin Spinnangr, Norway, 4, 0, $20,150
18, Alexandr Dyachenko/Alexey Sidorenko, Kazakhstan, 4, 0, $18,850
19, Jon Stiekema/Christiaan Varenhorst, Netherlands, 4, 0, $18,200
20, Sebastian Chevallier/Sascha Heyer, Switzerland, 4, 0, $17,900
21, Jason Lochhead/Kirk Pitman, New Zealand, 4, 0, $16,800
22, David Klemperer/Eric Koreng, Germany, 4, 0, $16,300
23, Petr Benes/Premysl Kubala, Czech Republic, 3, 0, $16,200
24, Jian Li/Shun Zhou, China, 4, 0, $13,100
2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Women’s Leaders (through May 27)
Women (Team Rank, points)
1, Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil, 2,400
2, Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, China, 2,200
3, Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes, Brazil, 2,180
4, Sanne Keizer/Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands, 1,500
5, Greta Cicolari/Marta Menegatti, Italy, 1,360
6, Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova, Czech Republic, 1,320
7, Jennifer Kessy/April Ross, United States, 1,200
8, Sara Goller/Laura Ludwig, Germany, 1,160
9, Simone Kuhn/Nadine Zumkehr, Switzerland, 1,120
10, Louise Bawden/Becchara Palmer, Australia, 1,080
11, Katrien Gielen/Liesbeth Mouha, Belgium, 1,040
12, Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler, Germany, 1,000
12, Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, United States, 1,000
14, Vassiliki Arvaniti/Maria Tsiartsiani, Greece, 940
15, Madelein Meppelink/Sophie van Gestel, Netherlands, 900
16, Natalie Cook/Tamsin Hinchley, Australia, 820
17, Doris Schwaiger/Stefanie Schwaiger, Austria, 800
18, Heather Bansley/Elizabeth Maloney, Canada, 764
19, Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez Steiner, Spain, 760
20, Barbara Hansel/Sara Montagnolli, Austria, 720
20, Vivian Cunha/Taiana Lima, Brazil, 720
22, Liliane Maestrini/Angela Vieira, Brazil, 580
23, Daniela Gioria/Giulia Momoli, Italy, 540
24, Ekaterina Khomyakova/Evgenia Ukolova, Russia, 460

NOTE - The 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour champions will be determined by calculating the points for a team’s best 9 men’s and women’s finishes based on 75 percent of the 13 men’s and women’s events (Open, World Championship and Grand Slam events only) staged during season and rounded down.

Women (Team Rank, events, titles, US earnings)
1, Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil, 4, 1, $98,700
2, Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, China, 4, 2, $96,500
3, Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes, Brazil, 4, 1, $88,500
4, Greta Cicolari/Marta Menegatti, Italy, 3, 0, $49,600
5, Sanne Keizer/Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands, 3, 0, $49,000
6, Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova, Czech Republic, 3, 0, $35,500
7, Jennifer Kessy/April Ross, United States, 3, 0, $32,400
8, Sara Goller/Laura Ludwig, Germany, 3, 0, $30,300
9, Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler, Germany, 3, 0, $29,200
10, Katrien Gielen/Liesbeth Mouha, Belgium, 4, 0, $28,550
11, Louise Bawden/Becchara Palmer, Australia, 4, 0, $28,200
12, Simone Kuhn/Nadine Zumkehr, Switzerland, 4, 0, $28,000
13, Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, United States, 3, 0, $25,100
14, Madelein Meppelink/Sophie van Gestel, Netherlands, 4, 0, $23,500
15, Vassiliki Arvaniti/Maria Tsiartsiani, Greece, 4, 0, $23,050
16, Doris Schwaiger/Stefanie Schwaiger, Austria, 3, 0, $22,700
17, Barbara Hansel/Sara Montagnolli, Austria, 4, 0, $21,800
18, Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez Steiner, Spain, 3, 0, $21,100
19, Natalie Cook/Tamsin Hinchley, Australia, 4, 0, $20,800
20, Vivian Cunha/Taiana Lima, Brazil, 3, 0, $19,100
21, Heather Bansley/Elizabeth Maloney, Canada, 4, 0, $18,400
22, Daniela Gioria/Giulia Momoli, Italy, 4, 0, $16,600
23, Liliane Maestrini/Angela Vieira, Brazil, 4, 0, $15,350
24, Ekaterina Khomyakova/Evgenia Ukolova, Russia, 4, 0, $14,050


2012 Men FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Schedule/Results (as of May 27, 2012)
Dates Site Open/GS/OG Gold Medal Team or Purse
April 17-22  Brasília, Brazil  Open  Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers, United States
April 24-29 Myslowice, Poland Open  Pedro Cunha/Ricardo Santos, Brazil
May 1-6 Shanghai, China Grand Slam Dalhausser/Rogers, United States
May 8-13 Beijing, China Grand Slam Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil, Netherlands
May 22-27 Prague, Czech Republic Open  Cunha/Ricardo, Brazil
June 7-12 Moscow, Russia Grand Slam $300,000
June 13-17 Rome, Italy Grand Slam $300,000
July 3-8 Gstaad, Switzerland Grand Slam $300,000
July 10-14 Berlin, Germany Grand Slam $300,000
July 17-22 Klagenfurt, Austria Grand Slam $300,000
July 28-Aug 9 London, Great Britain Olympic Games  
August 14-19 Stare Jablonki, Poland Grand Slam $300,000
October 2-7 Agadir, Morocco Open $190,000

2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour – Men’s Final Four results
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Brazil – Brasília, April 17-22, $US$190,000
1. Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers, United States, $30,000
2. Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena, United States, $21,000
3. Pedro Cunha/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, $15,000
4. Adrian Gavira Collado/Pablo Herrera, Spain, $11,200
Gold – Dalhausser/Rogers def. Fuerbringer/Lucena, 21-17, 21-18 (44 minutes)
Bronze – Cunha/Ricardo def. Gavira Collado/Herrera, 21-18, 21-14 (39)
MOP – Rogers
SWATCH Serve – Evandro Goncalves, Brazil 95.3

Poland – Myslowice, April 24-29, $US$190,000
1. Cunha/Ricardo, Brazil, $30,000
2. Marcio Araujo/Pedro Salgado, Brazil, $21,000
3. Gavira Collado/Herrera, Spain, $15,000
4. Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai, Italy $11,200
Gold – Cunha/Ricardo def. Araujo/Salgado, 21-8, 19-21, 15-13 (53)
Bronze – Gavira Collado/Herrera def. Lupo/Nicolai, 21-16, 21-11 (34)
MOP – Ricardo
SWATCH Serve – Eric Koreng, Germany 101.2

China – Shanghai, May 1-6, $US$300,000
1. Dalhausser/Rogers, United States, $43,500
2. Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal, United States, $30,000
3. Marcio/Salgado, Brazil, $23,000
4. Benjamin Insfran/Bruno Oscar Schmidt, Brazil, $18,400
Gold – Dalhausser/Rogers def. Gibb/Rosenthal 21-19, 22-24, 15-11 (67)
Bronze – Marcio/Salgado def. Benjamin/Bruno 16-21, 21-15, 15-13 (57)
MOP – Benjamin
SWATCH Serve – Dalhausser, 89.1 km/h

China – Beijing, May 8-13, $US$300,000
1. Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil, Netherlands, $43,500
2. Lupo/ Nicolai, Italy, $30,000
3. Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego, Brazil, $23,000
4. Gibb/Rosenthal, United States, $18,400
Gold –Nummerdor/Schuil def. Lupo/ Nicolai, 21-11, 21-16 (31)
Bronze –  Alison/Emanuel def. Gibb/Rosenthal, 21-13, 21-16 (32)
MOP – Schuil
SWATCH Serve – Alison, 88.9 km/h

Czech Republic – Prague, May 22-27, $US$190,000
1. Cunha/Ricardo, Brazil, $30,000
2. Alison/Emanuel, Brazil, $21,000
3. Dalhausser/Rogers, United States, $15,000
4. Marcio/Salgado, Brazil, $11,200
Gold – Cunha/Ricardo def. Alison/Emanuel 21-15, 19-21, 15-10 (55)
Bronze –  Dalhausser/Rogers def. Marcio/Salgado 21-13, 21-19 (40)
MOP – Cunha
SWATCH Serve – Stefan Windscheif, Germany 98.9 km/h
 

2012 Women FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Schedule/Results (as of May 27, 2012)
Dates Site Open/GS/OG Gold Medal Team or Purse
April 15-20  Brasília, Brazil  Open  Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, China
April 24-29 Sanya, China Open  Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes, Brazil
Apr 30-May 5 Shanghai, China Grand Slam Xue/Zhang, China
May 7-12 Beijing, China Grand Slam Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil
June 6-11 Moscow, Russia Grand Slam $300,000
June 12-17 Rome, Italy Grand Slam $300,000
July 2-7 Gstaad, Switzerland Grand Slam $300,000
July 11-15 Berlin, Germany Grand Slam $300,000
July 16-21 Klagenfurt, Austria Grand Slam $300,000
July 28-Aug 9 London, Great Britain Olympic Games  
August 13-18 Stare Jablonki, Poland Grand Slam $300,000
Aug 28-Sept 2 Aland, Finland Open  $190,000
October 23-28 Bang Saen, Thailand Open $190,000

2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour – Women’s Final Four results
Brazil – Brasília, April 15-20, $US$190,000
1. Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, China, $30,000
2. Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes, Brazil, $21,000
3. Greta Cicolari/Marta Menegatti, Italy, $15,000
4. Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil, $11,200
Gold – Xue/Zhang def. Maria/Talita, 21-17, 21-15 (38 minutes)
Bronze – Cicolari/Menegatti def. Juliana/Larissa, 21-14, 17-21, 15-13 (52)
MOP - Zhang
SWATCH Serve – Raquel Pellucci, Brazil, 82.2 km/h

China – Sanya, April 24-29, $US$190,000
1. Maria/Talita, Brazil, $30,000
2. Juliana/Larissa, Brazil, $21,000
3. Xue/Zhang, China, $15,000
4. Barbara Hansel/Sara Montagnolli, $11,200
Gold – Maria/Talita def. Juliana/Larissa, 21-17, 17-21, 15-13 (56)
Bronze Xue/Zhang def. Hansel/Montagnolli, 21-16, 21-17 (45)
MOP – Talita
SWATCH Serve – Taliqua Clancy, Australia 78.4 km/h

China – Shanghai, April 30-May 5, $US$300,000
1. Xue/Zhang, China, $43,500
2. Maria/Talita, Brazil, $30,000
3. Juliana/Larissa, Brazil, $23,000
4. Sanne Keizer/Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands, $18,400
Gold – Xue/Zhang def. Maria/Talita, 21-17, 21-18 (42)
Bronze Juliana/Larissa def. Keizer/Van Iersel, 29-27, 21-13 (44)
MOP – Zhang
SWATCH Serve – Yuan Ye, China, 81.0 km/h

China – Beijing, May 7-12, $US$300,000
1. Juliana/Larissa, Brazil, $43,500
2. Cicolari/ Menegatti, Italy, $30,000
3. Keizer/ Van Iersel, Netherlands, $23,000
4. Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler, Germany, $18,400
Gold – Juliana/Larissa def. Cicolari/ Menegatti, 21-13, 21-15 (33)
Bronze Keizer/ Van Iersel def. Holtwick/ Semmler, 21-14, 24-26, 16-14 (55)
MOP – Juliana
SWATCH Serve – Jamie Lynn Broder, Canada, 80.6 km/h

  
 
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