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China upset US to grab men's title at FIVB World Tour

English.news.cn   2010-06-15 11:13:07 FeedbackPrintRSS

MOSCOW, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Wu Penggen and Xu Linyin lifted the first ever men's beach volleyball FIVB World Tour title for China here on Monday, upsetting their American opponents Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser 21-17, 17-21 and 17-15.

One day after the Chinese women wrapped up the Moscow Grand Slam with a gold medal, Wu and Xu bagged the men's title for the first time in the 24-year history of the international Beach Volleyball circuit.

"We played very well this week and my partner made a lot of great plays,"said the 24-year old Xu. "We handled the pressure from the Olympic champions for most of the match and made the plays at the end of the third-set. This is a very special weekend as the women also won the gold meda."

Seeded 13th at the Grand Slam here, Wu and Xu knocked off reigning Olympic champions, top-seeded Rogers and Dalhausser in 57 minutes, revenging their 2008 Moscow Grand Slam final loss to the American pair.

In the bronze medal match, Germany's Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann dispatched Americans Casey Jennings and Brad Keenan in straight sets 21-17,21-17. It's the third FIVB medal of the season for the Germans, who were seeded third in Moscow and are the reigning world champions.

On Sunday, eighth-seeded Xue Chen and Zhang Xi of China posted a 21-17 and 21-19 victory in 41 minutes over second-seeded Jen Kessy and April Ross of the United States in the women's final.

Editor: Wang Guanqun
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