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London Volleyball : England's temporary pairing thwarted in Sweden
Posted by Media Team on 2019/4/23 7:27:02 (105 reads)

International Beach Volleyball news (CEV Continental Cup)
Javier Bello and Chris Gregory's early elimination
Open in new windowThe Bello twins' preparation for the Continental Cup started in March when they went to Sydney for the international federation's World Tour three star event but they were knocked out in an epic three set encounter by Olympian and World Championship silver-medallist Jonathan Erdmann. A training camp followed and from then they have continued training in London.

Last week Joaquin got injured during training and the doctor advised him not to play this week in order to be fully fit for the Continental Cup. Chris Gregory was in Portugal but he agreed to be Joaquin’s replacement for the Swedish World Tour event.

Twenty-four teams had to play for four places in the main draw of this early season one-star event on the European calendar in Gothenburg over the past week-end (20/21st April) and the scratch partnership won the first set comfortably but their opponents (Netherlands’ Van Der Ham/Nijeboer) played very aggressively to win the second set. In the decider, the English pair shook off a slow start to recover from 11:14 to 13:14 but it was not enough to seal the game. Javier said afterwards that he found the opportunity to play with Chris and to train together afterwards was awesome and added that they are both feeling great for the Continental Cup.

Javier and Joaquin had been booked to go to Kuala Lumpur next week but decided not to risk making Joaquin’s injury worse and have withdrawn from the tournament for medical reasons although Javier has continued his training and Joaquin is returning to the court this week. "We feel confident that our plan should allow us to play our best beach volleyball in a month’s time," Javier concluded.

Both players will be with their regular partner at the Feel Good Too centre in Leyton on 25th and 26th May in the European federation's team event, the Continental Cup when they compete in the men's competition against Switzerland, Armenia and Bulgaria. The England teams selected will be Joaquin and Javier Bello and Chris Gregory and Issa Baltrane.

There will also be a women's tournament featuring England, France, Belarus and Northern Ireland where Vicky Palmer/Jess Grimson and Ellie Austin/Anaya Evans have been chosen as the England teams.

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

Additional information from Javier Bello and FIVB web site

Photo, Javier Bello

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