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Brazil occupy podiums at South American Beach Tour opener

Brazil-dominated podium at the 2017 South American Beach Volleyball Tour opener in Coquimbo, Chile.
Coquimbo, Chile, February 12, 2017 - Brazilian pairs dominated the opening stop on the 2017 South American Beach Volleyball Tour with both of their two pairs in each gender climbing on the podium at Penuelas Beach in Coquimbo.

Rebecca Barbosa and Ana Patricia Ramos defeated Victoria Tosta and Taina Bigi 2-1 (21-13, 18-21, 17-15) in the women's final for a 1-2 Brazil finish. Vitor Felipe and Joalisson 'Jo' Gomes followed up with the men's gold after silencing the 3,000-strong crowd that was solidly behind home favourites Marco and Esteban Grimalt cousins with a 2-0 (25-18, 25-18) win.

"We only started played together recently, that's why it cost us a lot, but it was a good and entertaining show, said the new women's champion Rebecca after the final. "In addition, there was a fantastic audience who loves volleyball very much."

"It was a very good match against a very strong World Tour team and the whole crowd was behind them, but we managed to make a difference in the end," added Jo after the men's final.

In another disappointment for the home fans, Paraguay's Erika Mongelos and Michelle Valiente picked up the women's bronze with a win over Chile's Francisca Rivas and Pilar Mardones 2-0 (21-12, 21-13) in the third-place playoff.

Brazil completed the men's podium after Arthur Lanci and George Wanderley beat Uruguay's Mauricio Vieyto and Marco Cairus 2-0 (21-13, 21-16) in the bronze medal match.

The South American Beach Volleyball Tour continues 3-5 March in Lima. The South American Confederation (CSV) ranking, including the previous and the current seasons, will determine the best four countries per gender to qualify for the FIVB Beach World Championship to be held next July in Vienna, Austria.

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