London 2012

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Germany’s Brink/Reckerman, Brazil’s Juliana/Larissa both win


Brazil's Larissa Franca sends her love around the world Monday after she and Juliana Felisberta Silva won their second match during the midday session at the London 2012 Olympic Games in front of another celebratory full house

London, Great Britain, July 30, 2012 – Highlighting action in the midday session Monday with two matches each for men and women, Germany’s Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann in men’s action and Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca both remained unbeaten with 2-0 pool play records after their victories as Day 3 continues for the London 2012 Olympic Games beach volleyball competition.

All the heated action is being held in the purpose-built, sold-out 15,000-seat stadium on the grounds of the historic iconic Horse Guards Parade as the majestic venue includes a portion of adjacent St. James Park in historic central London.

Under partly cloudy skies and no apparent signs of rain like what pelted the venues off-and-on for several hours Sunday, there are two men’s and two women’s matches each session with Monday’s action featuring the second of three pool play round robin matches with half of the 24 total teams for each gender in action Monday.

Germany’s third-seeded Brink/Reckermann, the 2009 FIVB SWATCH World Champions who have missed much of this season with Reckermann’s shoulder injury, started very slow then came back and wore down China’s 10th-seeded Penggen Wu/Linyin Xu, 13-21, 21-19 and 15-8 in a 52-minute match. While Germany’s Brink/Reckermann is 2-0 in pool play, China’s Wu/Xu have slipped to 0-2.

In the spotlight women’s match of the midday session, Brazil’s top-seeded Juliana/Larissa had a second straight impressive performance on Monday overpowering Germany’s 12th-seeded Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler, 21-18, 21-13 in 42 minutes to push the Germans to 1-1 in pool play.

In the German men’s victory, Brink had 12 kills, and eight digs while Reckermann had three serve aces, 22 kills, three blocks and three digs. For China, Wu had one ace, 19 kills and nine digs and Xu had 2 aces, 12 kills and six digs.

In Brazil’s women’s victory, Juliana had one ace, nine kills, two blocks and six digs and Larissa was credited with one ace, 14 kills and 21 digs. For Germany, Holtwick had two aces, 10 kills and 13 digs while Semmler had 10 kills, three blocks and four digs.

In the other women’s midday-session match, Greece’s 14th-seeded Vasiliki Arvaniti/Maria Tsiartsiani came from a set down to defeat Russia’s 23rd-seeded Anastasia Vasina/Anna Vozakova, 18-21, 21-13 and 15-12 in 50 minutes, leaving both teams 1-1 in pool play.

In the men’s second competition in Monday’s  midday session, Brazil’s seventh-seeded Pedro Cunha/Ricardo Santos spoiled some of the home-country fans joy, dominating Great Britain’s sixth-seeded John Garcia-Thompson/Steve Grotowski, 21-17, 21-12 in 40 minutes.

The 24 teams in each gender took to the sand for real starting Saturday in the magnicificent purpose-built 15,000 stadium that rests in the shadow of legendary British Army commanders-in-chief memorial statues and the next door neighbor of No. 10 Downing Street, better known as the home of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The tandems in London have been split equally into six pools, playing each team in their group, with the top two advancing to the single-elimination knockout phase that begins on August 3 along with the two best third-placed teams. The remaining four third-place teams will then compete in playoff matches to determine which pairs will fill the final two places in the 16-team eliminaation bracket’s first round.

Sixteen teams qualified for the Games through the Olympic Ranking which is based primarily on world tour standings, with five more joining as winners of the AVC, CAVB, CEV, CSV and NORCECA Continental Cup Finals and two from the World Cup Olympic Qualification Tournament. Great Britain has also been granted a berth as hosts.

Round round pool play continues Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. and continuing to the final match of the day starting at 11 p.m. with the other 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams playing their first matches of these Olympic Games.


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