Lausanne, Switzerland, April 6, 2018 – The top-ranked teams and home hopefuls and favourites all scored convincing wins on the opening day of the beach volleyball tournament at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.
Beach volleyball is making it’s debut this year in the competition, which includes 19 sports and brings together athletes from 71 countries and territories of the Commonwealth of Nations.
In the women’s competition Canada’s Sarah Pavan / Melissa Humana-Paredes beat Laite Nima / Iliseva Ratudina of Fiji 2-0 (21-5, 21-8) in 34 minutes and local heroes Mariafe Artacho del Solar / Taliqua Clancy shut out Cyprus’ Mariota Angelopoulou / Manolina Konstantinou 2-0 (21-14, 21-9) also in 34 minutes.
Cristopher McHugh / Damien Schumman wrapped up the day with another Australian win, 2-0 (21-9, 21-9) in 30 minutes over Fiji’s Inia Korowale / Sairusi Cavula in the men’s competition to thrill the sellout crowd at Coolangatta Beach.
Earlier in the day, Canada’s Samuel Pedlow / Sam Schachter had edged Siera Leone’s Patrick Lombi / Abubakar Kamara 2-0 (22-20, 21-14) in 42 minutes and New Zealand’s Sam and Ben O’Dea brothers had to come back from a set down for a 2-1 (16-21, 21-19, 15-11) in 56 minutes to beat Jimmy Apostolou / Giorgos Chrysostomou of Cyprus.
The beach volleyball competition at Gold Coast continues on Saturday with nine more matches across three sessions.
Each of the men’s and women’s events includes twelve teams in three pools of four for the first phase, followed by quarterfinals on 10 April, semifinals on 11 April and the medals matches on 12 April.
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