Russians Makroguzova and Kholomina win the Espinho Open of Beach Volleyball 2019
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The gold medal in the 11th edition of the women's tournament of & nbsp; Espinho Open 2019 / ActivoBank. went to the surprising duo from Russia - the country that won for the first time in Espinho -, with Makroguzova / Kholomina imposing (2-0: 21-17 and 21-16) on the American Claes and Sponcil.“Of course, we are very happy and we thank Portugal for the opportunity we had to show the value of our team.
This victory is collective: it belongs to the players, but also to the coach, our manager and the family, of course, who have always supported us ”, said & nbsp; Nadezda Makroguzova.
It is the first victory of this duo in a four-star stage of the World Circuit, after the triumph in Anapa, Russia (1 star) and in the European Under-22 Championship, both in 2018.
In the match for the 3rd and 4th place, and in a match between compatriots, Ana Patrícia and Rebecca won a spectacular game in terms of defense, both high (block) and low. Ágatha / Eduarda Lisboa (Duda) 2-1 (21-18, 18-21 and 15-12), winning the bronze medal and remaining well positioned in relation to the Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020.In the end, & nbsp; Rebecca Silva & nbsp; acknowledged:
“We are very happy with the bronze medal. first because it is a good result, when the wear and tear of very hard stages is already beginning to be felt and, secondly, because we are involved in qualifying for the Olympic Games and this game was decisive for us to continue in front of this pair from our country. In this game, the atmosphere was fantastic and the audience is wonderful ”.
The medals were awarded by Pinto Moreira (Mayor of Espinho), Vicente Pinto (Vice-President of CM Espinho), Vicente Araújo (Vice-President of FPV), Elsa Borda D'Água (ActivoBank), Mário Oliveira, Arnaldo Rocha and Nuno Nunes (FPV directors).List of Espinho Open gold medals
1995 & nbsp; - Holly McPeak / Nancy Reno, USA
1996 & nbsp; - Sandra Pires / Jackie Silva, Brazil
1997 & nbsp; - Mónica Rodrigues / Adriana Samuel, Brazil
1998 & nbsp; - Barbra Fontana / Hanley, USA
1999 & nbsp; - Annette Davis / Jenny Jordan, USA
2000 - Liz Masakayan / Elaine Youngs, USA
2001 & nbsp; - Misty May-Treanor / Kerri Walsh Jennings, USA
2005 & nbsp; - May-Treanor / Walsh Jennings, USA
2007 & nbsp; - Juliana Felisberta / Larissa Franca, Brazil
2018 & nbsp; - Mariafe Artacho / Taliqua Clancy, Australia
2019 & nbsp; - Nadezda Makroguzova / Svetlana Kholomina
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