On Sunday, at the European U-20 beach volleyball championship in Riga, French Artūrs Canet and Theo Rotās won the gold medal in the men’s competition, the home duo of Kristians Fokerots/Oliver Bulgacs won third place, while in the women’s competition. Polish Malgožata Cezkowska and Uršula Lunio triumphed in the three-set final.
In the semi-final, the French duo beat the home duo of Fokerot/Bulgacz 2-0 (21:15, 21:15), and the Austrian duo Timo Hammarberg/Tim Berger beat the Polish duo 2-1 (23:25, 21). :10, 15:7) Philip Leyava and Shimon Bett.
In the final, the French beat Hammarberg and Berger with 2-0 (26:24, 21:15), but in the battle for third place, to the delight of the home fans, Fokerot and Bulgachs won with 2-1 (19) . :21, 21:14, 15:9) Polish athletes Filipa Lejaw and Shimon Betta.
For women, Cezkowski and Lunio defeated Austria’s Lia Berger and Lillie Hoenauer in the semi-final with 2-0 (26:24, 21:15), while the Swiss duo of Miriel Bosard/Leona Kernen beat twin sister Anna with 2-0 ( 21:16, 23:21) and Katerina Pavelkova from the Czech Republic.
In the final, Polish women beat Bosar and Kernen with 2-1 (21:17, 13:21, 15:11), but in the fight for the bronze medal, Pavelkova beat Berger and Hoenauer with 2-0 (21:11, 21:17).
Hosts Liva Eber and Daniela Konstantinova lost 1-2 (22:24, 21:16, 6:15) to Spanish duo Sofia Isuskis/Adriana Serrano in the match for fifth place and finished tied for seventh place, but in the man competition finishes 9th-13th. . Dāvis Teteris and Ernests Gūtmanis lost the place to Ukrainians Anton Moiseyev and Yaroslav Timchenko by 0-2 (15:21, 17:21), finishing in 13th place.
Last year, in the Turkish city of Izmir, Konstantinova/Eber became European U-20 Masters vice-champions, while Fokerot/Bulgac won a shared ninth place.
The event was supported by the Ministry of Interior, Riga municipality, LIAA, “Live Riga”, “Latvijas Gāze”, “Mūsa motor”, “Radyo SWH”, “Delfi.lv” and “Santa” magazine.
More information on the European U-20 Beach Volleyball Championship: https://www.cev.eu/beach/age-groups/2023/u20/
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