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Can Norway’s Vikings convert ranking?
Who would’ve thought that some of the best men’s beach volleyball players would be from a cold, Scandinavian country? Yet, sitting at the top of the Beach Volleyball World Rankings right now is Christian Sørum and Anders Mol from Norway. They took third place in the World Championships but have many first place titles behind them. Even with Mol’s recent hip injury in 2020, this Viking duo is looking a strong team and could very well secure the gold medal this year.
World Championship / Olympic double for Russians?
Speaking of World Championships, Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy from Russia secured their spot in the Olympics after winning it back in 2019. They have some serious skills with the experienced Krasilnikov and the young, talented Stoyanovskiy who became the youngest world champion for beach volleyball at age 22.
Italian Pair to go one step further?
A returning pair to watch out for is Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolo from Italy. They unfortunately fell to the Brazilians in the finals last Olympics and had to settle for a silver medal, but this year they’re back and ready to secure the gold.
Rio 2016 Gold Medalists return separately
The Brazilian duo, Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt won the gold in the 2016 Olympics in their home country, and this year they are coming back, each with different partners. It will be interesting to see how they play without each other, but each player is so good and their new partners are as well, so they both have a shot at another gold medal.
Cerutti is playing with Álvaro Morais Filho, a great beach player who earned the title of Most Valuable Player at the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship. Filho played with Brazilian beach volleyball legend Ricardo Santos for a few years so all the skills he learned from him will come in handy. On the other side of the coin, Schmidt is playing with Evandro Olivera Junior who played in the 2016 Olympics but lost in the first round of the quarterfinals against an Italian team.
Czech pair to surprise?
A team to look out for is Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner from the Czech Republic. After medaling in just one event above a 3-star, they dominated the 4-star Doha tournament, dropping only one set as they won the gold, the first gold medal they’ve won as a team.
They then won a bronze medal in the Cancun tournament just a few weeks later. They ended up playing Mol and Sorum, taking one of just two sets the Norwegians dropped all weekend, so they can feel really good about that bronze medal. This two-some is one to watch as we head into Tokyo.