Men's World Championship 2003
Rio de Janeiro, 14 - 19 October

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Men's World Championship                                                  
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 14-19 2003     

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World Champs Gold for Ricardo-Emanuel
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 19, 2003 - Brazil's Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Emanuel Rego crowned a magnificent first full season together on Sunday when they defeated Americans Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger 21-18, 21-15 in the final of the Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by SWATCH on a sun-drenched Copacabana. It was the dominant pair's fifth victory of the season and followed on the from the World Tour ranking title they secured by reaching the quarter-finals earlier in the week in what is the last FIVB event of the season.The bronze medal went to their compatriots Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Henrique Araujo after Portugal's Luis Miguel Maia was unable to contest the playoff with his partner Joao Carlos Brenha due to a hamstring injury. More Pic: Emanuel (L) and Ricardo show thier trophy


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

Second place:
Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger (USA)

Third place:
Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Henrique Araujo (Brazil)


Emanuel Rego wins the 
'Speedo Most Valuable Player Award'


Vegard Hoidalen (Norway), wins
the SWATCH Fastest Service of the Year award