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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Cyprus And San Marino To Battle For Gold On The Beach

LIMASSOL, 4 June 2009 - Cyprus and San Marino will meet to decide who will take the gold medal in the men’s beach volleyball final after both teams won their semifinal games on Thursday.

In the first semifinal, George Platritis and Paris Christofi defeated Monaco’s outfit of Frank Kopcevic and Tomas Widiez after a tie break decider. The Cypriot duo had lost the first set 21-18 but responded in the second set to win 21-11. Backed by a capacity crowd of home supporters, they delivered again in the third and deciding set winning 15-6 in a match which lasted 50 minutes.

Cyprus will now meet San Marino twins Francesco and Alfredo Tabarini in the final (18:00) after the two brothers overcame Andorra and Xavier Folguera Estruga and Christian Salvador Campillo in the other semifinal 2-0 (21-19, 29-27).

Cyprus had previously beaten the Tabarini twins 2-0 in the group stage and are again favourites to take the gold in Friday’s final. Andorra and Monaco will battle it out for third place and the bronze medal on the same day.

Meanwhile Cyprus’ 100% record in the women’s event continued on Thursday with victory over Monaco. Manolina Konstantinou and Mariotta Aggelopoulou defeated Magalie Muratore and Caroline Van Klaveren 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) but the biggest drama came in the other game between Liechtenstein and Iceland. Liechtenstein’s 2-1 (9-21, 21-19, 15-9) victory over the Icelanders means that they have made it through to the last four.

Elsewhere, Luxembourg easily beat Andorra 2-0 (21-9, 21-9) in 25 minutes.  

Cyprus, who are coached by Manoli Roumelioti, will now take on Liechtenstein’s Bettina Mähr and Petra Walser in the semifinal on Friday morning (9:00) for a place in the final which has been scheduled for 16:30. The losing semifinalists will meet in the third place match to decide who takes the bronze medal.

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