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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). More Pic: Brazil's Emanuel Rego, Olympic MVP
Top-Seeded Brazilians Earn Validation, Olympic Gold Medal
Athens, Greece, August 25, 2004 - After two disappointing Olympics, Emanuel Rego finally realized his "dreams" on a sand court in Greece as he teamed with Ricardo Santos to win a gold medal for Beach Volleyball power Brazil here Wednesday before another sell-out at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre. Seeded first in the 24-team for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Emanuel and Ricardo scored a 21-16 and 21-15 win over Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain in 42 minutes to validate their performance the past two seasons as the No. 1-ranked team in the world. More Pic: Brazil's Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego celebrate claiming gold
 
Top-Seeded Brazilians Seek Validation
Athens, Greece, August 25, 2004 - For Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil, it is about "validation" here Wednesday evening as the No. 1-ranked team in the world seeks the men's gold medal in Beach Volleyball at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. What are confronting the 2003 FIVB World Championships and the winners of 11 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour gold medals the past two seasons are Spain's Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera, who qualified for the Athens Summer Games as the 16th-ranked team on the Olympic qualifying list. More Pic: Emanuel Rego (left) and Ricardo Santos of Brazil
 
Spaniards Seek Golden Opportunity
Athens, Greece, August 23, 2004 - It is nothing new for veteran Javier Bosma to play in "big" Beach Volleyball matches, and now, his young Spanish partner Pablo Herrera is quickly becoming accustomed to competing on the world's largest stage for the sport. The Spaniards proved here Monday for the sixth-straight time in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games why they belong in Wednesday's gold medal match after winning the first men's semi-final match Julien Prosser and Mark Williams of Australia. More Pic: Spain's Pablo Herrera spikes against Aussie Julien Prosser
 
Common Beach Volleyball Goal for Bosma, Emanuel & Prosser
Athens, Greece, August 23, 2004 - Javier Bosma of Spain, Emanuel Rego of Brazil and Julien Prosser of Australia all have something in common entering tonight's men's Olympic Beach Volleyball semi-finals at the Athens 2004 Games. Bosma and Pablo Herrera play Prosser and Mark Williams in the first men's semi-final match at 9 pm. while the top-seeded Emanuel and Ricardo Santos are challenged at 10 pm by fifth-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel of Switzerland at the 10,000-seast Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre. All three players are playing in their third Olympic Beach Volleyball competition and have not reached the podium. Bosma missed "final four" appearances by placing fifth in both the 1996 Atlanta and Sydney 2000 Games. For Bosma and Prosser, the advancement to Monday semi-final against each other was with young and talented partners. Emanuel is playing with Ricardo Santos, who captured the silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with Ze Marco de Melo. More Pic: Spain's Pablo Herrera spikes against John Child of Canada
 
Spaniards Seek Golden Opportunity
Athens, Greece, August 23, 2004 - It is nothing new for veteran Javier Bosma to play in "big" Beach Volleyball matches, and now, his young Spanish partner Pablo Herrera is quickly becoming accustomed to competing on the world's largest stage for the sport. The Spaniards proved here Monday for the sixth-straight time in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games why they belong in Wednesday's gold medal match after winning the first men's semi-final match Julien Prosser and Mark Williams of Australia. With a 21-18 and 21-18 win in 45 minutes over the Aussies, Bosma and Herrera earned a shot at a gold medal Wednesday against top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil at 9 p.m. The Brazilians advanced to the finals with a 21-14, 19-21 and 15-12 victory in 60 minutes over fifth-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel of Switzerland. Ricardo now gets another shot at a gold medal after losing the Sydney 2000 Olympic crown with Ze Marco de Melo to the United States' Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana
. More Pic: Spain's Pablo Herrera spikes against Aussie Julien Prosser
 
Common Beach Volleyball Goal for Bosma, Emanuel & Prosser
Athens, Greece, August 23, 2004 - Javier Bosma of Spain, Emanuel Rego of Brazil and Julien Prosser of Australia all have something in common entering tonight's men's Olympic Beach Volleyball semi-finals at the Athens 2004 Games. Bosma and Pablo Herrera play Prosser and Mark Williams in the first men's semi-final match at 9 pm. while the top-seeded Emanuel and Ricardo Santos are challenged at 10 pm by fifth-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel of Switzerland at the 10,000-seast Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre. All three players are playing in their third Olympic Beach Volleyball competition and have not reached the podium. Bosma missed "final four" appearances by placing fifth in both the 1996 Atlanta and Sydney 2000 Games. For Bosma and Prosser, the advancement to Monday semi-final against each other was with young and talented partners. Emanuel is playing with Ricardo Santos, who captured the silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games with Ze Marco de Melo. More Pic: Spain's Pablo Herrera spikes against John Child of Canada
 
Emanuel & Ricardo Cruise Into Olympic Semi-finals
Athens, Greece, August 22, 2004 – Playing probably their best Beach Volleyball of the season, Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos are again proving that they are the world’s best men’s team as the Brazilians advanced to the semi-finals of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games by eliminating the third-seeded Laciga brothers of Switzerland. Seeded first in the 24-team competition, Emanuel and Ricardo scored a 21-13 and 21-16 win in 38 minutes over the Lacigas (Martin and Paul). It was the second-straight day the Lacigas had to play a Brazilian opponent as the brothers eliminated second-seeded Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Araujo Saturday. With the victory, Emanuel and Ricardo now play fifth-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel of Switzerland at 10 p.m. Monday. Julien Prosser and Mark Williams challenge Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain at 9 p.m. Monday.  More Pic:
Emanuel of Brazil at the end line
 
Prosser Erases Sydney Memories
Athens, Greece, August 22, 2004 - Four years ago in Sydney, Australia's Julien Prosser was seeded first the 2000 Olympic Games and had the pressure of representing the host country in the Beach Volleyball competition with partner Lee Zahner. Prosser and Zahner dropped their first match to a team from Mexico and eventually finished ninth in the Sydney 2000 Games by winning two elimination matches before being ousted by the Swiss Laciga brothers. Four years later, Prosser is competing in his third Olympics and now has a chance to play for a medal after teaming with Mark Williams here Sunday to score a 16-21, 21-19 and 15-10 win in 62 minutes over Christoph Dieckmann and Andreas Scheuerpflug of German to earn a spot in Monday's semi-finals.  More Pic: Australia's Julien Prosser digs
 
1996 Atlanta Bronze Winners at it Again
Athens, Greece, August 21, 2004 - Just when you think it is over the Canadian pair of John Child and Mark Heese will pull another "surprise" as they did here Saturday night by eliminating seventh-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina from the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Beach Volleyball competition. With a 21-17 and 21-17 win in 42 minutes over the Argentineans, Child and Heese are in position to play for another Olympic medal as they compete for the third time in the Summer Games with a bronze in 1996 and a fifth in 2000. Before the Canadians think about playing for a medal, they must first reach the semi-finals by defeating Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera. The Spaniards, who have won four-straight matches this week with a win over the third-seeded Laciga brothers of Switzerland, will face Child and Heese at 11 p.m. Sunday.  More Pic:
Mark Heese with the dig
 
Swiss Brothers Lacigas Nets First Brazilian Opponent
Athens, Greece, August 21, 2004 - In a match that was not suppose to happen until the semi-finals, Saturday's first-round Beach Volleyball confrontation between the second- and third-seeded teams in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games saw the Laciga brothers of Switzerland eliminate a medal favourite from Brazil. With both the Lacigas (Martin and Paul) and the Brazilian team of Benjamin Insfran/Marcio Araujo dropping pool play matches to lose their third- and second-seeds, respectively, the two SWATCH-FIVB World Tour powers had to play against each other in the opening round of the men's 16-team elimination bracket. More Pic: Swiss Martin Laciga spikes against Benjamin Isfran of Brazil 
 
After Afternoon Upsets, Top Seeds Survive Evening Affairs
Athens, Greece, August 20, 2004 - After an afternoon session where the fourth-seeded team of Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann were upset, one figured that evening session here Friday for men might feature another seed-breakthrough. It almost happened as top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil were forced to three-sets by Norwegians Vegard Hoidalen and Jorre Kjemperud before prevailing 21-15, 19-21 and 15-6 in 57 minutes during the opening rounds of the elimination bracket at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.   Winners of 11 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events the past two seasons, Emanuel and Ricardo will play the winner of the match between second-seeded Benjamin Insfran/Marcio Araujo of Brazil or the third-seeded Laciga brothers (Martin and Paul) of Switzerland. Fifth-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel of Switzerland opened the session under lights at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Complex with a 21-18 and 21-19 win over Joao Brenha and Luis Maia of Portugal. 
More Pic: Portugal's Luis Maia
USA's Holdren & Metzger Upset European Champions
Athens, Greece, August 20, 2004 - After losing their last two games in pool play, it did not look good for the United States' Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger as they entered their Round of 16 match in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games against fourth-seeded Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany. Despite losing a match in their pool, the Germans finished as the top team in their group and were considered one of the pre-Olympic favourites after winning an event this season on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour along with five "final four" finishes. More Pic: Stein Metger and Daxton Holdren (USA) celebrate
 
Not Just Another Draw
Athens, Greece, August 20, 2004 - A potential semi-final match will happen two rounds earlier than expected as a pair of pool defeats have altered the Round of 16 lineup for the men's Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Saturday's 3:30 p.m. match between second-seeded Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Araujo of Brazil and the third-seeded Laciga brothers (Martin and Paul) of Switzerland was projected as a potential semi-final meeting Monday. More Pic: Benjamin Isfran from Brazil receives

 
Germans & Brazil Advance 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. More Pic: Florian Gosch (AUT) attacks against Martin Laciga (SUI)
 


South Africa Advancement Highlights Tuesday's Pool Play Action

Athens, Greece, August 18, 2004 - Earning a spot in the Olympics was one thing for Colin Pocock and Gerson Rorich, but advancing from pool play in the Athens 2004 OIympic Games was another as the South African's win highlighted play here Wednesday at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Complex. Earning a berth at the final Olympic qualifying event last month in Mallorca, Pocock and Rorich posted the biggest upset of the pool play competition by scoring a 22-20 and 22-20 win in 49 minutes over Joao Brenha and Luis Maia, the fourth-place finishers at both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. With Tuesday's win over the Portugal pair along with Saturday's opening win over Pavlos Beligratis and Thanassis Michalopoulos of Greece, Popock and Rorich advance as the No. 2 team from Pool F. Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina, the 2001 FIVB World Champions. More Pic: South Africans celebrate
 

Veteran Maaseide Spoils Luster of Championship Rematch
Athens, Greece, August 17, 2004 - Leave it to veteran Bjorn Maaseide to ambush a good storyline for the media here Tuesday as he teamed with fellow Norwegian Iver Horrem to post a three-set victory over Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger of the United States in a Pool A match at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.  The Americans end Pool A Thursday against Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil, the team that defeated Holdren and Metzger for the 2003 FIVB World Championship in Rio de Janeiro last October. The two teams play at 8 p.m. with the Brazilians leading 2-1 in the series.  Maaseide, who is retiring from the beach game after the Olympics, and Horrem scored a 14-21, 21-15 and 16-14 win in 61 minutes over Holdren and Metzger to deny the Americans a chance of clinching a spot in the 16-team elimination bracket. More Pic: Bjorn Maaseide against the Americans
 

Three 2-0 Men’s Pool Teams

Athens, Greece, August 15, 2004 – Teams from Argentina, Germany and Switzerland scored wins here Monday to improve their pool play records to 2-0 to move closer to the 16-team elimination rounds of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Beach Volleyball Competition.  Led by 2004 European Champions Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann, the three teams along with nine other tandems in Pools D, E and F end their preliminary matches Wednesday while men’s Pools A, B and C conclude Thursday at the 10,000-seat Olympic Beach Volleyball Complex.  Other teams with 2-0 marks are Switzerland’s Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel and Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina. More Pic: Patrick Heuscher of Switzerland digs the Mikasa
 

Men's Top Seeds Post Successful Beach Volleyball Start                   

Athens, Greece, August 15, 2004 - Led by the Brazilian pairs of Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos and Benjamin Insfran/Marcio Araujo, the top three-seeded teams in the men's Beach Volleyball competition of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games posted wins here Sunday.  Top-seeded Emanuel and Ricardo had the toughest test among the top three ranked teams as the Brazilians posted a 21-15, 19-21 and 15-10 win in a 62-minute Pool A match over Norway's Iver Horrem and Bjorn Maaseide.  The second-seeded Benjamin and Marcio Araujo had an easier time with their Pool B match by besting Stephane Canet and Mathieu Hamel of France 21-13 and 21-14 in 43 minutes. The third-seeded Laciga brothers (Martin and Paul) opened Sunday competition with a 21-14 and 21-14 victory over Robert Nowotny and Peter Gartmayer of Austria in Pool C. More Pic: Brazil's Benjamin Insfran (right) receives
 

Action-Packed Pool F Highlights Saturday's Play

Athens, Greece, August 14, 2004 – If you were looking for exciting action here Saturday during the opening men’s pool play match in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, it was in Pool F where Argentina and South Africa posted wins at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre.  The best men’s match of the day featured Thanassis Michalopoulos and Pavlos Beligratis of Greece against Colin Pocock and Gershon Rorich of South Africa as the two teams delighted the host country crowd with a three-setter in 78 minutes.  Representing both their country in the continent of Africa for the first-time in the Olympic Beach Volleyball competition, Pocock and Rorich scored a 21-16, 24-26 and 15-10 win for only their sixth win in 21 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour matches this season.  With the win, the South Africans now face Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina Monday at 2:30 p.m.  The 2001 FIVB World Champions, Baracetti and Conde also won a three-setter by defeating Joao Brenha and Luis Maia of Portugal 13-21, 21-16 and 15-5 in 57 minutes.  More Pic: Gershon Rorich (right) of South Africa hits against Thanassis Michalopoulos of Greece
 

European champions impressive in opening match

Athens, Greece, August 14, 2004 – Germany’s Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann proved here Saturday morning in their first Athens 2004 Olympic Game match why they are the 2004 European Champions as they scored a convincing opening win at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre.  Competing as the top seeded team in Pool D of the men’s competition, Dieckmann and Reckermann scored a 21-14 and 21-13 win in 40 minutes over Ramon Hernandez and Raul Papaleo of Puerto Rico.  With the win, the Germans will now play Bjorn Berg and Simon Dahl Monday at 8 a.m.  The Swedes scored a 21-13 and 21-18 win over Vergard Hoidalen and Jorre Kjemperud of Norway in Saturday’s first-ever Olympic match at the 10,000-seat stadium within the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex.  More Pic: Jonas Reckermann of Germany congratulates partner Markus Dieckmann
 

Men’s Olympic Beach Volleyball Opens Saturday

Athens, Greece, August 13, 2004 – The third edition of Olympic Beach Volleyball begins here Saturday with Sydney 2000 gold medallist Dain Blanton of the United States headlining the opening day men’s field along with two of Europe’s top teams and the 2001 FIVB World Champions Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina.  After Friday’s technical meeting Friday at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre in the municipality of Kallithea within the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex, half of the men’s 24-team field will be in action Saturday with six matches during the three sessions at the 10,000-seat venue.  More Pic: 2001 FIVB World Champion Martin Conde (left) and Mariano Baracetti of Argentina
 

Athens 2004 Olympic Men’s Beach Volleyball Competition Starts Saturday

Athens, Greece, August 12, 2004 – The men’s Olympic Beach Volleyball competition at the Athens 2004 Games begin here Saturday as the 24-team field participates in a technical meeting Friday at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre in the municipality of Kallithea within the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex. The first six days of competition features six pools of four teams each to determine the 16-team single-elimination bracket.  The men’s completion concludes August 25 with the medal matches as the United States’ Dain Blanton is in the field after winning the Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medal with Eric Fonoimoana.  More Pic: USA's Dain Blanton during the Austrian Open
 

Austria Replaces Doppler with Gosch
Athens, Greece, August 11, 2004 - Due to a left knee injury three weeks ago in France, Clemens Doppler of Austria will forgo the Athens 2004 Games Beach Volleyball competition as his Olympic-qualifying partner of Nikolas Berger will now play with Florian Gosch. More Pic: Florian Gosch of Austria receives during the Puerto Rico Open
 

Defending champions headline opening day as schedule confirmed
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 04, 2004 - Three of the four Olympic champions from Sydney 2000 will feature on the opening day the 2004 Olympic Games Beach Volleyball competition in Athens following confirmation of the order of play from the International Volleyball Federation and ATHOC on Wednesday. More Competition schedule Olympic Draw Pic: Olympic gold medallists Dain Blanton (with mic), Kerri-Ann Pottharst (left) and Natalie Cook at the Drawing of Lots ceremony in Austria 
 

Brazilians Net Top-Two Men's Seeds
KLAGENFURT, AUSTRIA, July 31, 2004 - For Brazil's Ricardo Santos, it will be another chance for an Olympic medal. For Emanuel Rego, Ricardo's partner, it will be his third attempt for an Olympic medal. For Brazilians' Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Araujo, it will be their first Olympic experience. More Olympic Draw
Photo Gallery Pic: FIVB General Manager Mr. Jean-Pierre Seppey with the Governor of Carinthia Jorg Haider at the Olympic Games Drawing of Lots ceremony
 
FIVB officially announces teams for Athens
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 23, 2004 - As per FIVB-IOC Olympic Qualification regulations, the FIVB is pleased to announce the Official Olympic Ranking for the 24 men’s teams and the 24 women’s teams selected to participate in the Beach Volleyball Tournaments of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. More
Men's Official Olympic Rankings  Women's Official Olympic Rankings

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