Latvia and Brazil claim gold at Moscow Grand Slam
Moscow, Russia, August 25, 2013 – Latvia’s Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Brazil’s Maria Clara and Carolina Salgado claimed the gold medals at the sixth edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Moscow Grand Slam on Sunday.
Brazil won three medals in total in Vodny Stadium as Emanuel Rego and his temporary partner Evandro Goncalves finished second and Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Morais Filho claimed the bronze medal. Emanuel wrote history as the only player to win a medal in Moscow with three different partners.
In the women’s competition Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst finished second. Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan won the bronze medal.
Smedins and Samoilovs claim second gold with a great show
With their last World Tour
medal dating back to June, Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs came back
strong with gold at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam on Sunday. The Latvians defeated
Brazil’s Emanuel Rego and Evandro Goncalves 2-0 (21-17 21-16) in a spectacular
First Grand Slam gold for Maria Clara and Carolina Salgado
Maria Clara and Carolina
Salgado claimed their first Grand Slam gold on Sunday at the Vodny Stadium in
Moscow. The Brazilian sisters defeated Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira
Walkenhorst 2-0 (21-15 21-18) in the final.
Emanuel in Moscow final for the third year in a row
After winning the FIVB Moscow
Grand Slam in 2011 and 2012, Brazil’s Emanuel Rego reached the final in the
Russian capital for the third year in a row. But this time not with Alison
Cerutti but with young Evandro Goncalves.
From country quota to the final in just one year for Walkenhorst
Germany’s Kira Walkenhorst
moved up from losing in country quota to the final of the FIVB Moscow Grand
Slam in just one year.
The Moscow Grand Slam was the 8th out of 10 Grand Slams this year. The FIVB World Tour now takes a break until October when the last two Grand Slams of the season are held in Beijing (1-6) and Sao Paolo (8-13).
The FIVB Open calendar features four more events, starting with the double gender Kampala Open in September in Uganda. At the end of October there are two women’s-only events in Xiamen (China) and Phuket (Thailand), followed by the double gender Durban Open (South-Africa) in December.