Men's US Grand Slam 2003
Los Angeles, 18 - 21 September

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Men's US Grand Slam 2003 
Los Angeles, September 18-21 

Gold Rush for Ricardo and Emanuel
Los Angeles, USA, September 21, 2003 - Brazil's Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Emanuel Rego claimed their fourth title of the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour on Sunday when they outclassed Switzerland's Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger in a one-sided final at the $300,000 Nissan Grand Slam. The dominant Brazilians stamped their authority on the men's Beach game and extended their lead at the top of the FIVB World rankings as Ricardo produced a supreme display of blocking on the way to a 21-11, 21-18 victory over their struggling Swiss opponents. American Beach veteran Mike Whitmarsh and Canyon Ceman secured the bronze medal earlier in the day with a 22-20, 21-16 triumph over Niki Berger and Clemens Doppler of Austria. "He's a blocking machine - I remember when I used to play against him how difficult it was," Emanuel said of his 200 cm partner. "The key was to get some early points on the board and force the other team into trying to pressure us later in the set. More  Pic: LA champions Ricardo (L) and Emanuel

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First Place:
 Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Emanuel Rego (Brazil)

Second place:
Sascha Heyer and Markus Egger (Switzerland)

Third place:
Mike Whitmarsh and Canyon Ceman (USA)