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Menegatti aiming for golden breakthrough

 
After a successful 2012 Marta Menegatti is targeting gold on the FIVB World Tour.
Italy’s Marta Menegatti is setting her sights for 2013 on the one thing that has eluded her so far on her meteoric rise up the beach volleyball rankings – a senior gold medal.

As one half of Italy’s leading female duo with Greta Cicolari, she has found herself familiar with podium finishes since they teamed up on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour at the start of 2011, but they are still waiting for their maiden first place finish.

Menegatti’s learning curve was accelerated by an Olympic Games debut at London 2012 and she is hopeful her experience of playing in front of 15,000 people at Horse Guard’s Parade can help her build on the four World Tour podium finishes in 2012.

“I learned some much from the Olympics,” she said. “It was a major step for my development as a player and person. In the final match I wasn’t able to stop myself being overwhelmed by tears. The disappointment was too much and I was overcome. Greta was fantastic though, I felt her close by and that counted for a lot.

“The Olympics were massively important for my development as an athlete. To take part in an Olympics is a privilege, but at the same time it comes with a lot of responsibility.”

The 22-year-old Menegatti and 30-year-old Cicolari finished 2012 with silver medals from the Beijing and the Stare Jablonki Grand Slams and bronze from the Berlin Grand Slam and Brasilia Open before starting 2013 with a fifth-place finish at the Fuzhou Open.

The medals were confirmation of the potential that the pair have long displayed as one of the leading duos on the Tour after the experienced Cicolari was teamed-up with the fast-emerging Menegatti.

“Greta is a sincere, frank person, sometimes too frank, but she is determined in everything she does to achieve her aims,” Menegatti said.

“Sometimes she can react a bit impulsively and it is never good to lose control. However, I’m the opposite and in this sense we compensate each other. After all you want balance.”




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