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Emanuel Edges Ricardo for Men's Olympic Beach Volleyball MVP
Athens, Greece, August 27, 2004 - The balloting for the most valuable player in the men's Beach Volleyball competition at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games was far closer than Wednesday's gold medal match as Brazil's Emanuel Rego edged his partner Ricardo Santos for the award in voting conducted by the FIVB with members of the print and electronic media covering the event at the 10,000-seat Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre.

Emanuel scored 198 points while being named on 64 ballots to finish four points ahead of Ricardo, who compiled 194 points while being named on 62 ballots by the print and electronic media covering the 12-day event.

For the record, the gold medal finish was the first by a Brazilian men's team after posting two ninths at the 1996 Games in Atlanta and a silver medal podium placement at the Sydney 2000 Olympics where Ricardo teamed with Ze Marco de Melo to claim the No. 2 spot.

Javier Bosma of Spain was third in the voting with 98 points with six first-place votes, 10 second places, six thirds and four fourths. Other players receiving votes were Stefan Kobel of Switzerland (76 total points), Pablo Herrera of Spain (62), Patrick Heuscher of Switzerland (56), Julien Prosser of Australia (32) and Mark Williams of Australia (24).

Player Country Ballots Named 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Points
Emanuel Rego Brazil 64 34 18 4 8 198
Ricardo Santos Brazil 62 28 24 6 4 194
Javier Bosma Spain 42 6 10 18 8 98
Stefan Kobel Switzerland 38 4 8 10 16 76
Pablo Herrera Spain 30 2 8 10 10 62
Patrick Heuscher Switzerland 28 2 6 10 10 56
Julien Prosser Australia 20 0 2 8 10 32
Mark Williams Australia 12 0 0 6 6 24

Seeded first in the 24-team Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Emanuel and Ricardo scored a 21-16 and 21-15 win over Bosma and Herrera in 42 minutes to validate their performance the past two seasons as the No. 1-ranked team in the world. Joining the Olympic finalists on the podium were fifth-seeded Heuscher and Kobel, who scored a 19-21, 21-17 and 15-13 win over Prosser and Williams in the 61-minute bronze medal match.

Emanuel, the winningest player in SWATCH-FIVB World Tour history with a record 48 gold medals, 90 podium placements and 93 "final fours" in 127 international starts, had finished ninth in the past two Olympics in Atlanta and Sydney with Ze Marco and Jose Loiola, respectively.
Press releases
Date Press release
26-Aug-2004 Emanuel Edges Ricardo for Men's Olympic Beach Volleyball MVP
25-Aug-2004 Top-Seeded Brazilians Earn Validation, Olympic Gold Medal
25-Aug-2004 Top-Seeded Brazilians Seek Validation
23-Aug-2004 Spaniards Seek Golden Opportunity
23-Aug-2004 Common Beach Volleyball Goal for Bosma, Emanuel & Prosser
22-Aug-2004 Emanuel & Ricardo Cruise Into Olympic Semi-finals
22-Aug-2004 Prosser Erases Sydney Memories
21-Aug-2004 1996 Atlanta Bronze Winners at It Again
21-Aug-2004 Prince Albert Takes Beach Volleyball Test
21-Aug-2004 Swiss Brothers Lacigas Nets First Brazilian Opponent
20-Aug-2004 After Afternoon Upsets, Top Seeds Survive Evening Affairs
20-Aug-2004 USA's Holdren & Metzger Upset European Champions & Olympic Fourth-Seeds
20-Aug-2004 Prince Albert Takes Beach Volleyball Tes
20-Aug-2004 Not Just Another Draw
19-Aug-2004 Germans Join Brazil In Advancing Four Teams
18-Aug-2004 South Africa Advancement Highlights Tuesday's Beach Volleyball Pool Play Action
17-Aug-2004 Veteran Maaseide Spoils Luster of Championship Rematch
16-Aug-2004 Three 2-0 Men's Pool Teams
16-Aug-2004 Second Olympic Medal Opportunity Almost Gone for Blanton
15-Aug-2004 Men's Top Seeds Post Successful Olympic Beach Volleyball Start
14-Aug-2004 Action-Packed Pool F Play Highlights Men's Olympic Beach Volleyball Saturday
14-Aug-2004 European Champions Impressive in Opening Olympic Beach Volleyball Match
13-Aug-2004 Men's Olympic Beach Volleyball Opens Saturday
12-Aug-2004 Athens 2004 Olympic Men's Beach Volleyball Competition Starts Saturday
11-Aug-2004 Austria Replaces Doppler with Gosch for Athens 2004 Beach Volleyball Competition


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