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General Volleyball : Richmond paring triple England's bronzes
Posted by Media Team on 2019/8/28 15:30:00 (117 reads)

Beach Volleyball, FIVB World Tour
England's double success in Rwanda
Two England pairs won medals on the FIVB World Tour over the last weekend in August. With Ellie Austin and Anaya Evans winning England's first World Tour medals in June, the country's reputation has started to grow. The memento is not yet gold and silver but rivals are starting to take note and reputations to grow.
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London were well to the fore in the men's competition through Richmond twin brothers Javier and Joaquin Bello: England's number one men's pair, who climbed the podium at the highest level in recording the first ever World Tour medal for an England or Great Britain men's team.

“Bronze it is,” said Javier. “Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve our first World Tour medal.”
The brothers were little troubled in the pool stages winning all their games in straight sets including the defeat of fellow England team of Mark Garcia-Kidd and Freddie Bialokoz, Freddie being a Londoner too., In the quarter finals, Javier and Joaquin overcame the early disappointment against Cyprus of going a set down before they held their nerve to win close sets (22-20, 18-16) to make the semis. The eventual winners Japan 1 were to defeat them but the team recovered in the bronze medal match, beating Japan’s second pair and displaying their extra quality to win in straight sets, 21-18, 21-15.

England’s number one women’s pair of Jess Grimson and Vicky Palmer made it double-delight in Rubavu in Rwanda winning a bronze against home team Rwanda. With seven teams in the competition, Jess and Vicky demolished Rwanda in the first round to head straight into the semi-finals where they lost to eventual champions, Netherlands in a superb battle. After winning the first set 22-20, they couldn’t replicate the form as they went out 21-19 and 15-10. The experience served them well, however, and they proceeded to defeat Rwanda’s top pair, 21-10 21-14 for the bronze medal.

20 years on the World Tour for a first England medal and now it is three in one season. It has been a memorable summer for English beach volleyball. A matter of months have provided beach volleyball in Leyton with success for England players in the Continental Cup, given us the joy of World Tour medals, the delights of the UK Beach Tour and the anticipation of beach volleyball as part of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Contributor, Douglas Barr-Hamilton

Source, Volleyball England

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