The draw for the Rio 2016 beach
volleyball competition has taken place in
the Swiss village of Gstaad with men’s
top seeds Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar
Schmidt of Brazil being pitted against
teams from Austria, Canada and Italy.
Cerutti – silver medallist alongside
Emanuel Rego at London 2012 – and
Oscar Schmidt headline Pool A, which
also features Italy’s Adrian Carambula
and Alex Ranghieri, Austria’s Clemens
Doppler and Alexander Horst and one of
two pairings from Canada.
Grant O’Gorman and Sam Pedlow and
Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter
combined to secure Canada a second Rio
2016 spot at last week’s International
Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World
Continental Cup Olympic Qualification
tournament in Sochi.
A playoff on Saturday (July 16) will
decide which of the two Canadian teams
earn their place at next month’s Games.
Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar
Schmidt headline the men’s draw ©FIVB
in Rio/Twitter
The top seeds in the women’s draw are
also from Brazil with Talita Antunes and
Larissa Franca, the winners of last week’s
Gstaad Major Series event, drawn in Pool
A.
Joining them are Poland’s Monika
Brzostek and Kinga Kolosinska, the
United States’ Lauren Fendrick and
Brooke Sweat and one of two pairings
from Russia.
Anastasia Barsuk, Ekaterina Birlova,
Nadezda Makroguzova and Evgenia
Ukolova joined forces to secure Russia a
Rio 2016 place at the FIVB World
Continental Cup Olympic Qualification
tournament in Sochi, but it has yet to be
decided which two of the four will be
representing the country.
To start the draw, the top six-seeded
teams were confirmed and placed on top
of the six pools in each gender’s
competition.
Other top pool pairs for men are The
Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer and
Robert Meeuwsen, America’s Phil
Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, Brazil’s
Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Solberg,
The Netherlands’ Reinder Nummerdor and
Christiaan Varenhorst, and the US’s Jake
Gibb and Casey Patterson.
US Olympic favourites Kerri Walsh-
Jennings and April Ross top Pool C in the
women’s event and will be joined by
Switzerland’s Isabelle Forrer and Anouk
Verge-Depre, China’s Fan Wang and
Yuan Yue, and Australia’s Mariafe
Artacho and Nicole Laird.
Brazil’s Talita Antunes and Larissa
Franca are the team to beat in the
women’s draw ©FIVB in Rio/Twitter
The Rio 2016 beach volleyball
tournament, held on the famous
Copacabana beach, is due to begin on
August 6.
The winners and runners-up in each pool
will progress automatically to the knock-
out stage, while the two best third-placed
teams will also go through.
The last two places in the round of 16 will
be decided by matches between the other
third-placed teams.
Making the draw was London 2012
Olympic champion Julius Brink of
Germany and Swiss Alpine downhill world
champion Patrick Küng
“Thanks to our professional athletes and
the constant improvement of our sport’s
global image, beach volleyball will be a
centre-piece of this summer’s Olympic
Games,” said FIVB President Ary Graça.
“The top 24 men’s and women’s teams
will no doubt put on an incredible show
from August 6 to 18.”

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