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London Volleyball : Richmond pair make Youth Olympics
Posted by Media Team on 2018/6/11 15:50:00 (64 reads)

Qualification for Argentina Games
Fifth place in Austria beach volleyball enough to earn their place
Playing yesterday (10th June) in Baden, Austria, Richmond's Javier and Joaquin Bello's firth place with a 21:15 21:17 win over the host country was enough to earn the pair one of the men's places to represent Europe at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires and earn the plaudits from the European Volleyball Confederation, "The revelation of the competition".

The brothers took a magnificent 5th place at the CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Finals to seal qualification in the beach volleyball at the Youth Olympic Games in October. With teams from 23 countries, this was a tremendous achievement. In recent weeks the pair has taken a fifth place at NEVZA and played on the world tour in Alanya, Turkey where they achieved a win over a Turkish side 12:21 10:21 in the first round and followed it up with another win in round 2 over a Swedish entry 21:15 19:21 12:15 before going out, losing in their Pool to the Turkish side that was to win the silver medal, 21:19 21:18 and 18:21 19:21 to the Ukrainian outfit that took bronze. How close to glory! What preparation!

The preliminary stages of the CEV tournament qualified them to play in a pool for 5th to 8th place and Javier and Joaquin knocked out the host country 21:19 21:17 before beating Germany 21:17 21:17 and Hungary 21:18 22:20. Only one team from the pool would make the trip to Argentina and they had claimed it. Their beach volleyball career looks to be progressing superbly. With the gold medal from the Youth Commonwealth Games already in their trophy cabinet, they are quickly making their mark among the elite.

Sources: VE, CEV, FIVB

Contribution from Douglas Barr-Hamilton

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