Canada and Poland claim the gold medals at the U21 World Championships
Larnaka, Cyprus, July 27, 2014 - Canada’s Sophie Bukovec and Tia Miric and Poland’s Michal Bryl and Kacper Kujawiak were crowned FIVB U21 world champions on Sunday evening in Larnaka.
Bukovec and Miric defeated Lithuania’s Ieva Dumbauskaite and Monika Povilaityte 2-1 (21-19, 18-21, 15-10) in the final, while Bryl and Kujawiak beat Russian qualifiers Ilya Leshukov and Aleksandr Margiev 2-0 (21-16, 21-15).
The bronze medals at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships went to USA’s Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes and France’s Maxime Thierry and Romain Di Giantommaso.
· Bryl and Kujawiak won back-tot-back gold in Larnaka. They also took first place at the U19 World Championships in 2012 in Cyprus.
· Italy’s Francesco Giontella and Paolo Nicolai have been the only other team to win back-to-back gold at the U21 (2007, 2008).
· Bukovec and Miric won their first career medal and also Canada’s first gold in a FIVB age group event.
· Thiercy and Di Giantommaso claimed the first medal for France in the 13-year history of the U21 World Championships.
· Claes and Hughes followed up U19 bronze last year with U21 bronze.
· Dumbauskaite and Povilaityte have won both silver (U21) and gold (U19) in Larnaka.
First FIVB title for Canada’s Bukovec/Miric at the U21 in Larnaka
Sophie Bukovec and Tia Miric claimed their first gold on Sunday at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships. The Canadians defeated Lithuania’s Ieva Dumbauskaite and Monika Povilaityte 2-1 (21-19, 18-21, 15-10) in their first final ever. Read more
Back-to-back Larnaka gold for Poland’s Bryl and Kujawiak
Michal Bryl and Kacper
Kujawiak won their second gold medal on Sunday in Larnaka. The Polish defeated
Russian qualifiers Ilya Leshukov and Aleksandr Margiev 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) in
the final of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships.
Lithuanian girls to clash with Canada for the gold medal in Larnaka
Lithuania’s Ieva Dumbauskaite
and Monika Povilaityte made it to their second final on Sunday at the FIVB
Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships. After winning the 2012 U19 World
Championships, also in Larnaka, they will go for another gold against Canada’s
Sophie Bukovec and Tia Miric.
Poland and Russia to meet in the U21 men’s final
Michal Bryl and Kacper
Kujawiak reached their second final in Larnaka. Two years ago the Polish won
gold at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championship, on Sunday evening
they will play Russian qualifiers Ilya Leshukov and Aleksandr Margiev in the
U21 World Championship final.
The 2014 FIVB age group calendar has one more event left, the U19 World Championships in Porto next week. As a grand finale some of the younger teams will travel to the Chinese city of Nanjing in August to participate in the Youth Olympic Games.
The 2015 season will not feature any FIVB age group events, since they are now being held every other year instead of yearly.
Larnaka hosted a FIVB age group event for the second time. In 2012 the U19 World Championships also took place in the tourist resort on the southern coast of Cyprus.
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