Lausanne, Switzerland, July 6, 2015 – Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas have raced to the top of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World rankings after they won gold at the Netherlands 2015, FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships on Saturday.
The Brazilians’ compatriots and Netherlands 2015 bronze medallists Pedro Salgado and Evandro matched their achievement by leading the men’s rankings in the wake of the World Championships.
Agatha and Barbara’s 2-0 (21-18, 22-20) win over compatriots Taiana Lima and Fernanda Alves in the gold medal match meant they earned 1,000 points and so now top the rankings with 2,950 points.
Canada’s Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan are rewarded for becoming the first Canadian team to reach a quarterfinals by moving up to second with 2,950 points, while bronze medallists Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta and Maria Antonelli are now third with 2,920 having won bronze in the Netherlands.
Pedro and Evandro lead the men’s standings with 3,160 points after their 2-0 (22-20, 21-13) win over the USA’s Nick Lucena and Theodore Brunner earned them the bronze medal and 800 ranking points.
Deposed world champions Robert Meeuwsen and Alexander Brouwer are second with 2,940 points, while silver medallists and Meeuwsen and Brouwer’s fellow Dutchmen Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst are third with 2,580 points after their second place finish was rewarded with 900 points.
The men’s world champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt are now up to fifth in the rankings with 2,520 points, not far behind Spanish duo Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira, who are fourth with 2,580.