Norway’s Anders Mol and Christian Sorum won the men’s title and Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Duda took the women’s Sunday at the FIVB four-star beach volleyball event in Ostrava Sunday.
Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat, the last American pair standing, lost to Bednarczuk and Lisboa 21-16, 21-14 in the semifinals and then fell to Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink of the Netherlands 25-23, 21-17 in the bronze-medal match.
While both winning pairs split $20,000 and gained 800 FIVB points, Walsh Jennings and Sweat split $8,000 and gained 560 points. They had won the last FIVB event, last weekend in Jinjiang, China, and then battled through two country-quota matches and the qualifier to get to the semis.
Mol and Sorum won gold for third FIVB event in a row after previously winning four-star events in Itapema, Brazil, and Jinjiang. They beat Czechs Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner 17-21, 21-15, 15-10 for their seventh FIVB victory.
Bednarczuk and Duda won gold in an all-Brazil final, defeating Rebecca Cavalcanti and Ana Patricia Silva 21-19, 21-17. The gold is the pair’s fourth and first this year.
The men’s bronze went to Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek and Michal Bryl, who recovered from an opening set beat-down to defeat Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy 10-21, 21-19, 15-7. The Poles add bronze to their collection of four silver medals on the FIVB tour.
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