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Germans Join Brazil In Advancing Four Teams
Athens, Greece, August 19, 2004 - The Beach Volleyball competition features both men's and women's competition and Germany joined Brazil as the only countries advancing four teams each to the elimination rounds of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

The German women (Stephanie Pohl/Okka Rau and Suzanne Lahme/Danja Musch) upset top-seeded teams in their pools on Wednesday and Thursday to secure two of the 16 women's berth in the single-elimination bracket that is to played Friday and Saturday at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre.

Christoph Dieckmann and Andreas Scheuerpflug came back from an upset loss Tuesday to a team from France to win Pool B to gain the second seed in the elimination rounds by upsetting Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Araujo of Brazil 22-20 and 21-17 here Thursday in the final men's pool play match.

With Markus Dieckmann, Christoph's twin brother, and Jonas Reckermann was the only top five-seeded team among the four German tandems. Despite losing to Vegard Hoidalen and Jorre Kjemperud in their final pool play match Wednesday, Dieckmann and Reckermann advanced as the top team from Pool D.

Other pool winners Thursday were Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil in Pool A and Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain in Pool C. Emanuel and Ricardo dominated their pool with a 3-0 record by winning six of seven sets, including a 21-17 and 21-10 win Thursday over Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger of the United States.

After upsetting the third-seeded Laciga brothers (Martin and Paul) of Switzerland Tuesday, Bosma and Herrera finished Pool C Thursday by scoring a 21-165, 19-21 and 15-11 win over Robert Nowotny and Peter Gartmayer of Austria.

In addition to Markus Dieckmann and Rerkerman, five other teams earned Round of 16 berths Wednesday. Joining the Germans from Pool D were Bjorn Berg and Simon Dahl of Sweden. The top two teams in Pool E were Patrick Heuscher/Stefan Kobel of Switzerland and Julien Prosser/Mark Williams of Australia. Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde won Pool F with South Africa's Colin Pocock and Gershon finishing second.

Securing the four best third-place finisher spots were Hoidalen/Kjemperud, Andrew Schacht/Joshua Slack of Australia, John Child/Mark Heese of Canada and Joao Brenha/Luis Maia of Portugal, the fourth-place finishers at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Child and Heese defeated the Portugese for the bronze medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.