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Beach volleyball medals for 2017 FIVB World Championships participants

Eduarda "Duda" Lisboa (centre) hits at the FIVB Under-21 World Championship net Sunday in Nanjing against Nadezda Makroguzova (right) of Russia while Brazilian partner Ana Patricia Silva follows the action.
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 16, 2017 - Eleven teams and three players that will be participating at the end of July in the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Austria captured medals this weekend at six different international beach volleyball events.

Two of the three players winning medals were competing in the FIVB Under-21 World Championships in China while the other events this past weekend were being played in Cuba, Hungary, Korea, Turkey and the United States. The 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships will be played July 28 through August 6 in Vienna.

The weekend's top performance by a 2017 world championship participant was turned in by Eduarda "Duda" Lisboa as the 18-year old Brazilian captured her sixth FIVB youth gold medal by teaming with Ana Patricia Silva in Nanjing to win the under-21 gold medal for the second-straight season.

With their 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) gold medal win Sunday in 31 minutes over Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina, Duda and Ana Patricia were defeating the Russian pair for the second-straight season in the under-21 women's finale. Like Duda, Makroguzova will be competing in the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships with Ekaterina Birlova.

Prior to Sunday's success in China, Duda has captured three FIVB Under-19 World Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2016 with three different partners.  Duda, who will play with Agatha Bednarczuk at the 2017 FIVB World Championships, and Ana Patricia also topped the podium together at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Duda, who will turn 19 on August 1 during the World Championship, has three FIVB World Tour gold medals to her credit with the first two being during the 2016 season with Elize Maia and the third in mid-May with Agatha at the Rio Open.

Finland's Taru Lahti, who will play with Riikka Lehtonen at the World Championships, teamed with Anniina Parkkinen to win the European Tour's Alanya Masters in Turkey Sunday. Lahti and Parkkinen defeated 2017 world championship participants Marta Menegatti and Diane Perry in the semi-finals as the Italians rebounded to win the Alanya bronze medal.

Here are other medal-winning finishes this past weekend for teams scheduled to compete in the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna.

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - Daegu, Korea
Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee, Thailand - silver

President’s Cup in Long Beach in the United States - Women
Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca, Brazil - gold
Lauren Fendrick/April Ross, United States - silver
Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, United States - bronze

President’s Cup in Long Beach in the United States - Men
Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, United States - gold
Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter, Canada - silver
Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, Poland - bronze

European Tour men’s challenge/satellite in Siofok, Hungary
Martin Ermacora/Moritz Pristauz-Telsnigg, Austria - silver 

NORCECA Tour women’s open in Varadero, Cuba 
Lidiannis Echeverria/Leila Martinez, Cuba - silver

NORCECA Tour men’s open in Varadero, Cuba 
Nivaldo Diaz/Sergio Gonzalez, Cuba - gold


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