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Russia claims four medals at the inaugural FIVB Beach Volleyball Anapa Open

The 2013 FIVB Anapa Open podium with Germany's Flüggen/Walkenhorst (silver), Russia's Koshkarev/Semenov (gold) and Pastukhov/Krasilnikov (bronze), also from Russia

Anapa, Russia, July 28, 2013 – Host country Russia can look back on a very successful first edition of the FIVB Anapa Open, winning four out of six medals at the double gender event.

On Sunday Konstantin Semenov and Yaroslav Koshkarev claimed a second gold medal for the host country after Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomyakova won the women’s event on Saturday.

Both bronze medals went to Russia’s Maria Prokopeva and Svetlana Popova and Alexey Pastukhov and Viacheslav Krasilnikov.

First gold medal for Semenov and Koshkarev

Russia’s Konstantin Semenov and Yaroslav Koshkarev claimed their first gold medal on Sunday at the FIVB Anapa Open. In a thrilling final they defeated Germany’s Lars Flüggen and Alexander Walkenhorst 2-1 (25-23, 24-26, 15-13).

Russia’s Alexey Pastukhov and Viacheslav Krasilnikov, who came all the way from the qualifications, won the bronze medal without playing. Their opponents Finn Dittelbach and Eric Koreng from Germany had to forfeit because of health problems. More

Another Russian-German final in Anapa

The inaugural FIVB Anapa Open will feature another Russian-German final on Sunday, just like the women’s gold medal match on Saturday. Top seeded home team Konstantin Semenov and Yaroslav Koshkarev will play Germany’s Alexander Walkenhorst and Lars Flüggen at 15:00 on the centre court of Volley Grad.

Both teams never played a FIVB final before. While the German team never even won a FIVB medal before, Semenov and Koshkarev are the proud owners of a bronze medal they won in The Hague in 2011. More

The Anapa Open is the second of seven FIVB Open events this year. The next tournament on the FIVB Open calendar is
the double gender Vizag Open in India (September 4-8).


Russia will host another event in a few weeks when the World Tour visits Moscow. The Grand Slam is held from August 21-25.


FIVB Anapa Open Tournament Page
FIVB Anapa Open women’s schedule and results
FIVB Anapa Open men’s schedule and results
FIVB Anapa Open Twitter account


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