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South American qualifiers wrap up places in Nanjing

South America's Nanjing 2014 qualification is now complete with Paraguay topping the women's standings

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 20, 2014 – Paraguayan women and Uruguayan men topped the South American (CSV) qualification and led the six teams per gender in qualifying for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

After five qualifying stops in five different countries across South America, women’s teams from Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Bolivia joined the Paraguayan women in qualifying, while in the men’s competition Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Paraguay and Brazil also booked places. 

The first qualifier took place in November 2013 in Paraguay’s capital Asuncion and was followed by tournaments in Montevideo, Cochabamba in Bolivia, Vargas in Venezuela and Peru’s capital Lima.

Paraguay’s qualification was helped by the gold-medal performance of Michelle Valiente and Erika Mongelos in the Bolivian leg. Valiente’s progress continues from 2013, when she was the youngest competitor at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, Mazury 2013. 

Their success has been in large measure thanks to the work of Pedro Paulo ‘Pepe’ Costa, a Brazilian who has been coaching the team since October 2011 and who has high ambitions for success in Nanjing.

“We know we have many rivals, but we want to reach the top 16,” he said. 

Paraguay - 880 Pts
Ecuador - 780 Pts
Argentina - 770 Pts
Uruguay - 670 Pts
Brazil - 600 Pts
Bolivia - 560 Pts

Uruguay - 820 Pts
Argentina - 800 Pts
Venezuela - 760 Pts
Peru - 630 Pts
Paraguay - 610 Pts
Brazil - 600 Pts

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