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12 men's teams to complete pool play Wednesday in London

Switizerland's retiring two-time Olympian Sascha Heyer, top, and Sebastian Chevellier are 2-0 in pool play and will meet Germany's Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann in their pool finale Wednesday at Horse Guards Parade in London

London, Great Britain, July 31, 2012 – Three of six men’s pools, each with four teams, will conclude round-robin pool play Wednesday with the top two finishers in each pool automatically advancing to the start of single elimination play at the London 2012 Olympic Games beach volleyball competition at Horse Guards Parade in central London.

A total 24 men’s beach volleyball teams from 19 countries are competing in London and half of them will be the first to finish three rounds of pool play Wednesday in the purpose-built, sold-out 15,000-seat stadium on the grounds of the iconic Horse Guards Parade as the majestic venue also includes a portion of adjacent St. James Park in historic central London.

Among the many highlights in Wednesday’s very important final day of men’s pool play action for the teams on the schedule will be the midday session match at 4:30 p.m. between USA’s fourth-seeded Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal and Latvia’s 16th-seeded  Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Ruslans Sorokins and the 5:30 p.m. match between Great Britain’s sixth-seeded John Garcia-Thompson / Steven Grotowski and Norway’s 18th-seeded Tarjei Skarlund/Martin Spinnangr.

USA’s Gibb/Rosenthal lead the series with Latvia’s Samoilovs/Sorokins, 2-0 meeting last in the quarterfinals of this year’s Rome Grand Slam, but USA is 1-1 in pool play and Latvia leads the pool with a 2-0 mark.  Great Britain’s Garcia-Thompson/Grotowski lead the series between the teams 1-0 with their win in Shanghai in 2011 and here in London, both are 0-2 and the loser will surely be eliminated from the Olympics.

Round robin pool play continues with three sessions on Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. and continuing to the final match of the day starting at 11 p.m. with these 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams playing their third pool play matches of these Olympic Games on Wednesday. 

The top two finishers in each pool will automatically move forward, after any ties are broken, to Friday’s start of the single-elimination bracket play for the remaining 16 teams on the way to the London 2012 Olympic Games beach volleyball podium. Additionally, the top two thrid place teams, again after ties are broken, will automatically move forward.  The other four third place teams will play two special play-in games to determine the final two teams for the knockout rounds.

The men’s morning session Wednesday will open with an 11 a.m. match between China’s 1-1 10th-seeded Penggen Wu/Linyin Xu and Russia’s 0-2 22nd-seeded Serguei Prokopiev/Konstantin Semenov in first meeting between the two teams.

In the second and final morning match at noon, Poland’s ninth-seeded Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel and South Africa’s 21st-seeded Freedom Chiya/Grant Goldschmidt will meet for the first time and in the Olympics Poland is 1-1 and South Africa is 0-2.

In the men’s evening session Wednesday, the first men’s match at 8 p.m. will feature  Brazil’s seventh-seeded Pedro Cunha/Ricardo Santos facing Canada’s 19-seeded Josh Binstock/Martin Reader. Brazil’s Cunha/Ricardo lead their pool with a 2-0 record while Canada’s Binstock/Reader are 1-1 as the Brazilian’s
Lead the international series between the teams after this year’s meeting in the Prague, Czech Republic.

In the evening’s final men’s match at 9 p.m. a pair of 2-0 teams will battle for the pool win in the first international meeting between Germany’s Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann and Switzerland’s 15th-seeded Sebastian Chevallier/Sascha Heyer. Germany won a meeting in the 2011 CEV European Championship.

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