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Brazil and Argentina win gold at the second stage of the South American Circuit in Chile

Argentina's Ana Gallay and Virginia Zonta celebrate their victory at the Chilean stop of the South American circuit
Viña del Mar, Chile, February 11, 2013 - Brazil and Argentina have taken gold in the men’s and women’s competition in the second stage of the South American circuit.

Brazil’s Evandro and Vitor Felipe overcame Argentina’s Ian Mehamed and Julian Azaad in a two set victory (21-11, 21-16) in the men’s competition.  “We always thought that we had to go on with our way of playing and spiking. That and the effort of Vitor digging gave us the victory. I feel good in Viña del Mar as we always obtain good results” said Evandro.

Mehamed and Azaad also beat Chile’s Marco and Esteban Grimalt in a 2-0 win (21-17 and 23-21). The Grimalt cousins were the local favourites to win after taking home gold in the first stage of the tour, which took place in Santa Fe Argentina. They went on to win third place in the competition.

Argentina’s Ana Gallay and Virginia Zonta took home gold in the women’s event with a 2-0 win (23-21, 21-14) over Brazil’s Fernanda Berti and Elize Maia. Olympic duo Gallay and Zonta, defeated Uruguay’s Mariana Guerrero and Karina Cardozo in straight sets in the semifinal (21-12, 21-12) and then powered through the finals to take home victory for Argentina.

This is not the first time that Ana Gallay has won gold, having achieved a similar feat in 2009 with then partner Mariela Duce, in Miraflores, Peru. It was, however, Argentina’s first win over Brazil in a final. The Brazilian pair Maria Clara and Angela took third place in the women’s competition by defeating Karina Cardozo and Mariana Guerrero 2-0 (21-8, 21-11).

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