Men's competition, Klagenfurt
From 28 July To 1 August 2004

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As the last Swatch-FIVB World Tour event prior to the Olympic Games in Athens all eyes will be on Klagenfurt at the end of July. The Austrian Grand Slam is everyone's favourite stop on the Tour and everybody who is anybody is determined to be seen there but this year Klagenfurt will have added importance with teams desperate to be in top form before heading to Athens.

Despite not being part of the Olympic qualification process, Klagenfurt is still guaranteed to serve up another top-class tournament with all the top Beach Volleyball stars expected to play in front of the passionate local crowds.

Every year in Austria there are two pristine summer sporting events, one is the Formula One Grand Prix at the A-1 Ring and the other is the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Grand Slam at Klagenfurt. With a party reputation second to none the Austrian Open has definitely got the players vote as the top Beach Volleyball venue and it's not hard to see why.

Dancing, chanting, cheers and screams are all synonymous with the tournament and that's just from the players. Several days of thrilling, world-class on court action, watched by sun-baked galleries in a unique festive atmosphere that never stops. And it's just the perfect ingredients to draw the crème de la crème of Austrian highlife to this unique lakeside event. Ask those in the know: If it's August, it must be Beach Volleyball at Klagenfurt.

Since 1996 this event has grown into one of Austria's most successful sporting occasions, and this was recognised by the FIVB in 2001 when it awarded Klagenfurt the Beach Volleyball World Championships. In the same year a leading Austrian magazine voted it their "best event" ahead of the world-renowned downhill ski race in Kitzbuehel and the Formula One Grand

When the Swatch – FIVB World Tour last visited Klagenfurt, Bejamin Insfran and Marcio Henrique Araujo of Brazil enjoyed a straight sets victory over Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong from the United States. A capacity centre court crowd in the Austrian lakeside resort cheered on vociferously as the Brazilians won in two sets.

When this, the final Grand Slam event of the season draws to a close, it’s time for the Olympic Games in Athens.

2003 Podium:

 Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Henrique Araujo (BRA)

2.  Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong (USA)

3.  Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel (SUI)

2002  podium:

1. Ricardo-Loiola (BRA)  
    Biography on Ricardo Costa Santos and Player Profile on José Loiola
2. Heyer-Egger (SUI)  
    Biography on Sasha Heyer and Markus Egger
3. Kjemperud-Hoidalen (NOR)
    Player Profile on Jorre Kjemperud and Vegard Hoidalen