Gold Brazil (Silva/Franca)
Silver USA (May-Treanor/Walsh)
Bronze China (Xue/Zhang)
Gold Brazil (Cerutti/Rego)
Silver Brazil (Araujo/Santos)
Bronze Germany (Brink/Reckermann)
The gold medal match at the men’s 2011 FIVB Beach World Championships was all Brazil. Second-seeded Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego beat out fellow countrymen Marcio Araujo and Ricardo Santos (21-16, 21-15) who were seeded third. Although male Brazilian duos have faced each other dozens of times in regular FIVB World Tour finales, this is the first time they have taken both sides of the court in the World Championships.
Both the men’s and women’s matches during the $1 million World Championships were played at the Foro Italico venue in Rome, Italy June 13 – 19. The bronze medal match pitted Germany’s fourth-seeded Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann against Latvia’s 15th-seeded Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins. The German’s beat out the lower seed (22-20, 18-21, 15-11) in a nearly hour-long match. Defending champs Brink and Reckermann also beat top-seeded Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser (17-21, 21-19, 18-16) in a heated match to make it to the quarterfinal round.
On the women’s side, it was a rematch seen many times over: Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca against America’s own Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor. The top-seeded Brazilians got the best of May and Walsh this go around, beating the fifth-seeded Americans in three sets (21-17, 13-21, 16-14). This was Silva and Frana’s first World Championship gold medal.
The 22nd-seeded Czech Republic duo of Lenka Hajeckova and Hana Klapalova made it all the way to the bronze medal match where they fell to China’s eighth-seeded Chen Xue and Xi Zhang (21-14, 21-12).
In conjunction with the FIVB’s new Heroes program, which aims to promote the sports of volleyball and beach volleyball on an international scale, two larger than life statues were revealed at the Rome competition. Kerri Walsh and Brazilian Emanuel Rego stood in front of their likenesses after the effigies were revealed to awaiting press. For more information on the Heroes campaign visit fivbheroes.com.
Originally published in August 2011