Paris, France, June 24, 2007 - Mike Lambert is starting a pattern that he hopes does not continue as he teamed with American partner Stein Metzger to claim a men’s bronze medal in the US$600,000 Henkel Grand Chelem by defeating 2006 European championships Julius Brink and Christoph Dieckmann.
Seeded 14th in their first SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event, Metzger and Lambert also avenged a defeat to their German rivals in the only meeting between the two teams at the 2006 Henkel Grand Chelem with a 21-12 and 21-17 to share the $23,000 third-place prize.
While Metzger has now medaled 14 times with four different partners on the SWATCH Tour, Lambert was earning his second international Beach Volleyball podium placement after winning a bronze medal in his first FIVB event last season in Croatia. After Zagreb, Lambert and Metzger posted three fifths and a 13th to finish the 2006 season.
“This is a good way to start the season with a good finish in a grand slam event,” said Metzger. “We played well internationally last season, but not great. Hopefully, Mike and I will put together a string of medal finishes enroute to earning a spot in the Olympics. We defeated a very good team today and hade a good week against the world.”
Lambert and Metzger won six of their seven matches this week with their only setback being a 21-16 and 21-15 setback to reigning Olympic champions Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos, who will played Pedro Cunha and Franco Neto in the All-Brazilian finale later Sunday.