Myslowice, Poland, July 15, 2007 - Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz of Poland claimed the men’s gold medal at the sixth annual SWATCH-FIVB World Championships for players under the age of 19 here Sunday.
Kadziola and Szalankiewicz scored a 21-16 and 21-16 title win over Germany’s Stefan Kohler and Malte Stiel in the 39-minute finale for Poland’s first U19 world championship after placing second in 2004, third in 2003 and 2005, and fourth in 2002.
“We are really happy for winning,” said Kadziola. “We needed a lot of effort for this title. All the matches were really hard and it was hot. All things considered this medal so precious.”
German Stiel also echoed Kadziola’s words about “so many hard matches. We are really happy for second place. I think its great place to organize a tournament like this one. Now we are going to play next week in European Championship in Brno. After that tournament, we will maybe have some holidays.”
Kadziola and Szalankiewicz gained a spot in the gold medal match with a 21-15, 20-22 and 18-16 victory Saturday over Vitalii Didukh and Pavlo Ostapenko of the Ukraine, second-place finishers at last year’s European championships for their age group. Kohler and Stiel advanced to the finals with a 21-14, 15-21 and 15-10 win in 46 minutes over Marcin Kantor and Damian Wojtasik of Poland.
In the bronze medal match, Didukh and Ostapenko prevented Poland from capturing a pair of podium spots as the Ukrainians defeated Kantor and Wojtasik 16-21, 21-11 and 15-10 in 48 minutes.
In addition to claiming gold medals, Sunday’s winning teams will also earn a “wild card” spot in a future SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event. The seventh annual SWATCH-FIVB World Championships for players under the age of 21 will be staged September 5-9 in Modena, Italy.
Danielle Remmers and Michelle Stiekema won the women’s SWATCH-FIVB World Championships for players under the age of 19 with a 21-10, 19-21 and 15-10 win in 52 minutes over Gilda Lombardo and Marta Menegatti of Italy.
In the bronze medal match, Iveta Halbichova and Barbora Jerabkova of the Czech Republic scored a 14-21, 21-15 and 15-9 win in 49 minutes over Poland’s Monika Brzostek and Weronika Kurek.