FIVB Heroes Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers won the gold medal four years ago at the Beijing Olympics and arrive in London confident that they can repeat that result. More experienced, but with the same enthusiasm, they are ready to show their best game and know they will have to work hard to return to the top of the podium.
Hot on their heels are the reigning world champions, Brazilian duo Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti. Emanuel can be considered an Olympic legend, appearing under the five rings for the fifth time! He has participated continuously since beach volleyball became an Olympic sport in Atlanta 1996 and has won two medals: gold in Athens 2004 and bronze in Beijing 2008. For Alison, on the other hand, London will be his first Olympic outing, but the partnership with Emanuel has proved highly successful, so they are strong contenders for the gold.
Other Olympic FIVB Heroes like Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann are gunning for a medal too. Jonas missed some tournaments at the beginning of the season to recover from a shoulder injury, but the Germans focused completely on preparing for the Olympic Games and are 100% ready. Both have played in Olympic Games before, but this will be their first time together. The same goes for Spaniards Pablo Herrera, who is entering his third Olympic Games and has a silver medal from 2004 to his name, and Adrian Gavira, who is making his debut as an OIympian.
Dutch Olympic FIVB Hero Reinder Nummerdor and his partner Richard Schuil, fresh off winning the Grand Slam in Klagenfurt, Chinese duo Linyin Xu and Penggen Wu, Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariuz Prudel, young Italian Paolo Nicolai, Swiss Patrick Heuscher, who won a bronze medal in 2004, and South Africa’s Grant Goldschmidt are also competing in London and ready to give their absolute best for Olympic glory.
A total of 24 teams are playing in the Games, divided into six groups according to the Olympic ranking. You can find all the pool line-ups here.
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