The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships came to a close on Sunday in Stare Jablonki, a small village in Poland. This was the ninth edition of the tournament which is held every two years. The stadium seats 9,000 spectators to stage the 48 competing teams in each gender.
The Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen served up a win over Brazil’s Ricardo Santos and tournament MVP Alvaro Filho to become tournament champions, winning in two straight sets with scores of 21-18 and 21-16. To round out the podium, Germans Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik defeated 2011 Brazilian champions Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego to win the bronze medal.
On the women’s side, top seeds Chen Xue and Zhang Xi of China did not disappoint as tournament favourites, taking the gold from Germany 18-21, 21-17, 21-19. While silver medalists Britta Büthe and Karla Borger began the tournament as 15th seeds, the Germans’ potential was known as they finished fourth in the Rome Grand Slam. Brazil’s Liliane Maestrini and Barbara Seixas secured a bronze medal.