Men's competition, Mallorca
From 7 July To 11 July 2004

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What better way could there be to treat the hangover of Athens and the Olympic Games then to take a trip to magical Mallorca where soaking in the sun and lounging by the sea should work wonders on the aching limbs of Beach Volleyballís skilled craftsmen. Yet the rest and relaxation can only take place on this Balearic isle after all players present give their all to gain victory at the Spanish Open.

For the past 30 years, holiday-makers from all over Europe have been flocking to the island of Mallorca, keen to experience the superb Mediterranean climate, the stunning coastline and the unique hospitality.

As one of the leading destinations in the Spanish tourist industry, Mallorca has also welcomed the world's leading Beach Volleyball players for the past three years and this summer the largest of the Balearic Islands will host the men's World Tour for the fourth season running.

One of the most attractive aspects of the Spanish Open is the location of the tournament where the courts are lined up directly adjacent to Playa de Palma beach, thus allowing the players and capacity crowds the freedom and the fortune to take a dip in the clear-blue Mediterranean waters in between matches.

In 2003 Brazilís Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Henrique Araujo collected their third gold medal of the season when they fought back from a set down to defeat Germany's Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann in one of the longest finals in the history of the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour. The Brazilians deprived the Germans of what would have been their first title on the World Tour with a nail-biting 19-21, 21-19, 34-32 victory that had the packed center court on the edge of their seats for one hour, 38 minutes.

There is just one more event to look forward to after the excitement of Mallorca has died down; itís off to Rio de Janeiro and the Brazil Open, the seasonís finale.

Men's 2003 Podium:
1.  Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Henrique Araujo (Brazil)

2.  Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann (Germany)

3. Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde (Argentina)

Men's 2002 Podium:
1. Laciga P-Laciga M (SUI)
Martin Laciga Biography 
    Paul Laciga Biography - Profile
2. Marcio Araujo-Benjamin (BRA)
    Marcio Araujo Biography  Profile
    Benjamin Insfran Biography - Profile
3. Ricardo-Emanuel (BRA )
    Ricardo Alex Santos Biography
    Emanuel Rego Biography