August 03, 2003 - The third and final day of the 2003 International Beach Volleyball Exhibition event in Daiba, Tokyo came to a close on Sunday with more than 10,000 people witnessing a spectacular event in wonderful conditions with Japan and the USA taking gold in the respective women's and men's events.
Thirty-six degree temperatures and high humidity set the scene for final's day and that didn't deter locals from filling the grandstand and surrounding area to make for standing room only before the start of the first match on Sunday.
In the women's comeptition the Japan 1 team made up of Saiki and Urata dominated the competition to win all their games and finals very strongly including a 2-0 (21-18, 21-14) win over Switzerland's Erni/Truessel in the final. Japan's second team Tsubakimoto and Tanaka came from behind to beat the Ukraine's Rayeva and Nikolayeva for bronze 2-1 12-21, 21-14, 15-8.
In the men's competition USA - Karch Kiraly and Doble - fought back after they losing the first set and looking beaten to win the final in three sets 16-21, 21-16, 15-9 against Bosma and Luna of Spain. The Goranson brothers, after putting on a devastating display to win their final round match on Saturday, said they lacked energy and have never played in such hot and humid conditions in their bronze medal match loss (21-13, 18-21, 15-9) to Japan 1. On the other hand Japan 1 played like they were use to the conditions and thrilled the local fans to win the men's bronze.
Kiraly thanked the local crowd during the presentation ceremony and looked forward to being invited back next year to defend the title.
Swiss player Karin Truessel was very complimentary of the organisers, Fuji TV and Japan Volleyball Association for such a well organised and attended event and all players were generally full of praise for the overall organisation and success of the event.
The President of Fuji TV, Mr. Murakami was very excited with what he saw after attending the opening session on Friday, and has committed his support to maintain the company's participation next year.