Russia won its first gold medal in the men’s beach volleyball tournament at the 2019 Beach Volleyball World Championships. By winning the tournament, the pair have qualified one team for their nation to the Olympics. The Beach Volleyball World Championships was held in Hamburg, Germany from June 28th to July 7th 2019.
In total, 48 teams qualified to the World Championships via rankings, continental qualifiers or wild cards. After a group stage and lucky loser playoff, 32 teams advanced to the single elimination tournament. The defending champions both returned, but had different partners. Brazil’s Evandro Oliveira and new partner Bruno Schmidt lost in the round of 32 while Andre Stein and his new partner George Wanderley lost 2-1 (21-16, 15-21, 15-17) in the quarterfinals to the United States’ Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb. The semifinals saw overall number one seed Anders Mol and Christian Sorum of Norway lose 2-1 (17-21, 21-16, 12-15) to Germany’s Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler. The other semifinal saw 2017 World Championship bronze medalist Viacheslav Krasilnikov and his new partner Oleg Stoyanovskiy of Russia defeat Bourne and Crabb 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-11) to reach the finals. Krasilnikov and Stoyanovkiy completed Russia’s historic gold by defeating Thole and Wickler 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-11). Mol and Sorum won the bronze medal with a 2-1 (19-21, 21-15, 15-10) victory over Bourne and Crabb.
For the first time in beach volleyball history Brazil failed to win a medal at the world championships in either gender. Other teams will have another chance at qualifying at the Olympic qualification tournament to be held in September.
Men’s Beach Volleyball