Lausanne, Switzerland, December 22, 2015 - Brazilian pairs occupied five of the six podium positions at the historic 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in the Netherlands, which went down in history for some remarkable innovations.
Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt with the 2015 FIVB World Championship trophy.
Alison Cerutti / Bruno Schmidt won the men's gold, with fellow-Brazilians Pedro Solberg /Evandro Goncalves claiming bronze. It was full domination by Brazil on the women's podium,with Barbara Seixas / Agatha Bednarczuk claiming the gold, followed by Taiana Lima / Fernanda Alves for silver and Juliana Felisberta Silva / Maria Antonelli for bronze.
Barbara Seixas and Agatha Bednarczuk with the 2015 FIVB World Championship trophy.
The home team of Reinder Nummerdor andChristiaan Varenhorst were outsiders in their own country, the only team to crash the Brazilian party on the podium.
The Netherlands' Christiaan Varenhorst and Reinder Nummerdor with mascot Spikey.
After sailing through pool play dropping just one set (the first against Qatar's Jefferson Santos Perreira / Cherif Younousse), Alison and Bruno Schmidt started picking off opponents one by one in the 32-team knockout table and didn't drop another set until the final.
Alison Cerutti recieves the ball for Bruno Schmidt.
In The Hague's floating stadium on Hofvijver pond, almost 6,000 fans inspired home favourites Numerdor / Varenhorst to take the first set. But the Brazilian stars replied to take the next and force what turned out to be an epic tie-break. After one hour of play, Alison / Bruno Schmidt snatched the gold out of the Dutch's hands with a 2-1 (12-21, 21-14, 22-20) win.
Bruno Schmidt, after winning the gold medal in The Hague:
“I wish everyone could have a moment like this in their life, because then your hard work makes sense to you and your friends and family. This is for my family and my team.”
Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Solberg completed the Brazilian domination of the podium with a 2-0 (22-20, 21-13) sweep
of USA's Nick Lucena / Theodore Brunner.
Evandro and Pedro Solberg in the bronze medal match.
The Dutch fans could find small consolation on the nomination of Nummerdor as Best Player of the World Championship, at the head of a list of individual awards.
It was a similar Brazilian domination of the
women's tournament. Barbara / Agatha sailed through pool play on an absolutely perfect record and then dropped only one set in the knockout stage
(to Canada's Broder / Valjas), before shutting out their compatriots Lima / Fernanda 2-0 (21-18, 22-20) in another thrilling final...
... before Barbara thundered a spike cross-court for championship point
Only Germany's Holtwick and Semmler came even close to crashing this party, but they fell to Antonelli / Juliana 2-1 (23-25, 21-18, 15-9) in the bronze medal match.
Maria Antonelli gets to the ball before Juliana Felisberta in the bronze medal match.
Agatha was named Best Player of the World Championship, at the top of the Individual Awards list.
And on the side, a new world record of the largest volleyball tournament ever was set on Scheveningen Beach.