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Lithuania, Poland and Russia take top spots in Larnaka

Lithuania's Ieva Dumbauskaite and Monika Povilaityte held off a comeback effort by Poland's defending champions Karolina Baran/Katarzyna Kociolek to earn the women's gold medal at the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Youth World Championships, the 11th annual event for players under 19, which was held in a special purpose-built complex featuring the stadium centre court at Finikoudes Beach.

In an intense gold medal match between two teams who know each other well, Lithuania's 18th-seeded Dumbauskaite/Povilaityte recorded a two-set gold medal victory over Poland's second-seeded defending FIVB SWATCH Youth World Champions Baran/Kociolek in a thrilling 39-minute match.

In another tight battle for the bronze medal, Russia's 12th-seeded Ksenia Dabizha/Anna Gorbunova came back after losing the first set to defeat Germany's seventh-seeded Sandra Ittlinger/Yanina Weiland 2-1 in a 53-minute match.


SLIDESHOW

 

2012 GIRLS' FINAL STANDINGS

1    LTU  Dumbauskaite-Povilaityte
2   POL Kociolek-Baran 
3   RUS  Dabizha-Gorbunova
4   GER  Ittlinger-Weiland
5   AUT  Strauss-Strauss
    BRA  Drussyla-Eduarda
    CAN  Woolley-Miric
    SUI  Eiholzer-Betschart

SEE COMPLETE RANKINGS

 

All 2012 medallists