2018-08-18 21:22:00 CEST
Super Scandinavians storm to World Tour Finals glory
Two months ago, Anders Mol and Christian Sørum had never won a World Tour gold medal. Fast forward to today and the new beach kids on the block are on top of the beach volleyball world.
The new undisputed stars of beach volleyball are Norwegian Vikings – and the formidable youngsters claimed their biggest catch of their careers by netting FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals presented by Vodafone title in Hamburg – and a check for a cool 150,000 US Dollars.
By putting Poland’s Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek to the sword, 21-19, 21-17, Anders and Christian completed an incredible four-timer, as they added to their successive gold medals won at the European Championships and both the Vienna and Gstaad Major Series titles.
The rising stars of the sand are only 22 and 21-year-old, yet their win over the Poles came just 13 days after they had taken gold away from the same team in the final in Vienna.
"We just feel it’s a great payback for all the hard work we’ve put it," said Anders.
Christian added: "We know there’s still a lot we can improve. For us, it’s just about playing as well as we can. We’ll work very hard this coming offseason to come back even stronger next season."
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There was to be disappointment for the German fans who packed the Red Bull Beach Arena for the bronze medal match as home favorites Clemens Wickler and Julius Thole were beaten by Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak. The German rising stars, just 21 and 23 years old, took the first set but could not hold on, losing 21-19, 15-21, 13-15 to the Polish pair who went one better than their fourth place here 12 months ago.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals presented by Vodafone comes to its conclusion on Sunday with the women’s semifinal and medal matches. All four matches will be streamed live on the Beach Major Series BeachStream channel.