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USA’s Dalhausser & Rogers Net Otera Open Men’s Gold Medal

Phil Dalhausser (left) of the United States blocks against Brazilian Harley Marques during the gold medal Sunday at the US$380,000 Otera Open in Kristiansand, Norway.

Kristiansand, Norway, August 15, 2010 - Reigning Olympic champions Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers of the United States defeated a pair of teams from Beach Volleyball power Brazil here Sunday to capture their eighth international gold medal in 2010 to set a SWATCH FIVB World Tour record for men’s titles in a season.

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With their 21-18 and 21-12 title win in 47 minutes over fifth-seeded Harley Marques and Pedro Salgado of Brazil in the men’s finale at the US$380,000 Otera Open, the top-seeded Dalhausser and Rogers broke a deadlock with three Brazilian teams that had previously won seven gold medals in a season.  Sunday’s title in the fourth annual event also awarded Dalhausser and Rogers the $30,000 first-place prize while Harley and Salgado split $21,000.

Dalhausser and Rogers now share the overall international record for team titles in a season with the Brazilian women’s pair of Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca, who captured eight gold medals in 2009 to establish the record.  With two men’s events left this season in Finland and The Netherlands, Dalhausser and Rogers have an opportunity to increase their record total.

Sunday’s title was the 16th gold medal for the Dalhausser/Rogers partnership as the Americans rank second to the 33 men’s SWATCH FIVB World Tour titles won by Brazilians Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos (2002-2009).  Juliana and Larissa hold the overall SWATCH record with 36 team titles after winning their seventh gold medal in 2010 Saturday by defeating China’s Chen Xue and Xi Zhang 21-19 and 22-20 in the 43-minute finale.

Dalhausser and Rogers, who clinched the 2010 SWATCH FIVB World Tour championship last week by winning the Polish Grand Slam in Stare Jablonki, advanced to the ninth international finale this season in 11 events by out-lasting third-seeded Marcio Araujo and Ricardo Santos of Brazil 21-18, 18-21 and 17-15 in 69 minutes.

The American semi-final victory prevented an All-Brazilian finale as two teams from the South American country competed in Sunday’s first semi-final with Harley and Salgado posting a 21-15, 19-21 and 15-12 win in 61 minutes over Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego.  In the previous 254 men’s SWATCH FIVB World Tour events, two Brazilian pairs had competed for an international gold medal 60 times.

Dalhausser and Rogers’ title win also snapped a personal 10-gold medal match victory string for Harley and Salgado as the Brazilians were playing an American team for the first-time in a SWATCH FIVB World Tour finale.  Harley and Salgado’s previous gold medal victories were over pairs from Brazil (one), China (two) Germany (five), The Netherlands (one) and Russia (one).

Dalhausser and Rogers are now 15-3 this season against Brazilian pairs after starting the season with a 2-3 mark against the South Americans.  In the series with Harley and Salgado, Dalhausser and Rogers hold a 5-3 edge with two wins this week after defeating the Brazilians 21-11 and 21-16 Saturday afternoon to advance to their 11th-straight semi-final this season.

With Brazil guaranteed two Otera Open medals after advancing three teams to a SWATCH FIVB World Tour “final four” for the 50th-time in the 24-year history of the international circuit, Alison and Emanuel captured the third spot on the podium by defeating Marcio Araujo and Ricardo 15-21, 21-14 and 15-12 in 52 minutes.  Alison and Emanuel split $15,000 for third-place with Marcio Araujo and Ricardo sharing $11,200.

With five match wins this week, Emanuel has now compiled 1,000 FIVB victories since starting his international career in 1994.  The player with the most international tournament appearances (204), gold medals (70), podium placements (136), “final four” finishes (149) and earnings ($2,081,535), Emanuel has competed in 1,242 FIVB matches with an 80.5 winning percentage

The SWATCH FIVB World Tour continues Monday on the Finnish island of Aland followed by the final European event in The Netherlands (The Hague, August 23-29).  The Hague is the final event of 14 stops for men in 2010.  The women’s 15-stop schedule concludes in China (Sanya, October 26-31) and Thailand (Phuket, November 2-7).


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