Pavan and Humana-Paredes made history by winning gold in the women’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 is currently being 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. 2017 world champion Laura Ludwig of Germany was unable to defend her title as she and her new partner Margareta Kozuch lost in the round of 32. The silver medalist on the other hand, April Ross of the United States and her new partner Alix Klineman had more success, reaching the final by defeating Australia’s Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar in the semi-finals 2-0 (21-15, 21-18). In the final they met with 2018 Commonwealth Games champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada whom narrowly defeated Switzerland’s Nina Betschart and Tanja Huberli 2-1 (23-21, 17-21, 19-17). In a very tense match Pavan and Humana-Paredes defeated Ross and Klineman 2-0 (23-21, 23-21) to win Canada’s first ever medal and a spot at the Olympics. The bronze medal was won by Clancy and Artacho del Solar.
Interestingly, this was the first time Brazil failed to win a medal in women’s beach volleyball at the World Championships. Other teams will have another chance at qualifying at the Olympic qualification tournament to be held in September. The Beach Volleyball World Championships continue tomorrow with the men’s final.
Women’s Beach Volleyball