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20-07-2014

SOUTH AMERICAN BEACH TOUR: NEAR THE PODIUM IN COLOMBIA

Boyaca, Colombia, July 20, 2014 - The Colombian sisters Andrea and Claudia Galindo won, as host pair the 9th and last season's stop of the South American Beach Volleyball Tour held in Playa Blanca, next to Tota Lake. In front of an important number of local fans and even though with bad weather, they defeated the Venezuelan Olaya Pazo Perez and Norisbeth Agudo in a tie-breaker. At the men's competition the Brazilian Marcio Araujo-Saymon Santos Barbosa obtained the final duel v their home country pair Bruno de Paula-Hevaldo Sabino also in a very intensive three sets match.

Galindo sisters obtained the gold medal in a very up and down much over Perez-Agudo 2-1 (15-21, 24-22, 15-10) while Araujo-Barbosa also with a 2-1 (21-18, 23-25, 15-13) showed a more equal fight for the title.

Maia-Maestrini (BRA) won the women's bronze medal overcoming the Argentine Puntin-Zonta 2-1 (20-22, 21-8, 15-3) while the men's bronze was fought between two Venezuelan pair, VEN 2 Salazar-Golindano overcame VEN 1 Fayola-Rangel 2-0 (21-11, 22-20).

Claudia Galindo was chosen the best player of the women's competition and the Brazilian Marcio Araujo among the men's.

Brazil obtained the season's titles topping the South American ranking in both genders.

“We feel it is a great joy we can offer our country and this venue such a great happiness, such an important title” expressed Claudia Galindo with her sister Andrea closing the comment with “This is not only a victory for us but for the whole Colombia”.

“I am very happy of having competed at the South American Beach Volleyball Tour and to have given my part so Brazil won the season. For me it was very important to play here and obtain the three points and be able to add myself from now on to the World Tour. We have gathered a very good team and therefore we obtained this goal. I am very happy for the warm welcome of Colombia people offered us during these days, that made us feel very comfortable” said Marcio Araujo with the title, the Cup and the tipical Colombian present - Ruana - given to him as present.

RESULTS

Men:

Semi-final:

Vicente Salazar-Jonathan Golindano (VEN 2) v Marcio Araujo-Saymon Santos (BRA 1) 14-21, 12-21

Bruno de Paula-Hevaldo Sabino (BRA 2) v Ronald Fayola-Carlos Rangel (VEN 1) 21-13, 21-15

Third place:

Vicente Salazar-Jonathan Golindano (VEN 2) v Ronal Fayola-Carlos Rangel (VEN 2) 21-11, 22-20

Final:

Marcio Araujo-Saymon Santos (BRA 1) v Bruno de Paula-Hevaldo Sabino (BRA 2) 21-18, 23-25, 15-13

Final Ranking:

1 Brazil 1

2 Brazil 2

3 Venezuela 1

4 Venezuela 2

5 Colombia

Women:

Semi-final:

Elize Maia-Liliane Maestrini (BRA) v Olaya Pazo Perez-Norisbeth Agudo (VEN 1) 19-21, 21-12, 15-12

Virginia Zonta-Julieta Puntin (ARG 1) v Claudia Galindo-Andrea Galindo (COL 1) 11-21, 16-21

Final:

Claudia Galindo-Andrea Galindo (COL 1) v Olaya Pazo Pérez-Norisbeth Agudo (VEN 1) 15-21, 24-22, 15-10

3rd place:

Elize Maia-Liliane Maestrini (BRA) vs. Virginia Zonta-Julieta Puntin (ARG 1) 20-22, 21-8, 15-3

Final Ranking:

1 Colombia 1

2 Venezuela

3 Brazil

4 Argentina

5 Venezuela 2

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