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From 14 August To 24 August 2004

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Brazilians Advance, Eliminated
Athens, Greece, August 22, 2004 - This is not your typical Olympics for the women's Beach Volleyball teams from Brazil.

That became clear here Sunday as the South American country only has a chance for one medal instead as their usual two as Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede out-lasted Brazilian rivals Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires 15-21, 21-13 and 15-13 in 59 minutes.

Adriana and Shelda, the Sydney 2000 Olympic silver medallists, now play the winner of the match between Italy's Daniela Gattelli and Lucilla Perrotta and fifth-seeded Natalie Cook and Nicole Sanderson in Monday's semi-finals. Cook won the 2000 gold medal with Kerri Pottharst.

The Sunday afternoon set-back also ended Pires' quest for three-straight Olympic medals as she won the gold with Jackie Silva at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the bronze with Adriana Samuel at the Sydney 2000 Games. Samuel also teamed with Monica Rodrigues to capture the silver medal in Atlanta.

"That was the game that no one wanted to play at this point in the Olympics," said Adriana, who teamed with Shelda to capture the 1999 and 2001 FIVB World Championships before finishing second to Misty May and Kerri Walsh of the United States last October in Rio de Janeiro.

"I am disappointed for them, but happy for us," Adriana added. "Any time two Brazilian teams play, it is a tough match. We started slowly, but got into a rhythm in the second set. I am glad that we get to prepare for another match. I would hate to be thinking about the reasons we are not playing tomorrow."

Also advancing to the semi-finals were fourth-seeded Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs of the United States. The Americans scored a 21-17 and 21-17 win in 43 minutes over Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau of Germany for their fifth-straight win of the competition like Adriana and Shelda.

McPeak and Youngs will played the winner of the quarter-final match features top-seeded May and Walsh and Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin of Canada. A May/Walsh win will guarantee the United States its first-ever women's Olympic Beach Volleyball medal.