Olympic champions dominated Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Toronto

TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2016 /CNW/ - Twenty-four of the world's best beach volleyball teams came to Toronto vying for 'Olympic revenge' and the $100,000 USD prize at the 2016 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals, but neither the men's or women's Olympic champions could be defeated as the German and Brazilian teams took home gold.

Thousands of enthusiastic Canadian fans watched the all-Brazilian men's final as Cerutti/Schmidt showed the world their outstanding talent defeating Evandro/Pedro Solberg. Bourne/Hyden took home bronze, defeating hometown heroes Saxton/Schalk in straight sets.

Ludwig/Walkenhorst overpowered the Swiss team defeating Heidrich/Zumkehr to win their fourth Major title of 2016.  In addition to gold at Sunday's Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals, the German's also won Olympic gold, European and German titles plus the A1 Major Klagenfurt, smart Major Hamburg and the Olsztyn Grand Slam.

The victory on the shore of Lake Ontario sealed an amazing comeback after the duo lost their first two matches of the tournament in the pool play. "We are really speechless," Ludwig told the media, "this season was amazing for us. As a team we really improved a lot. We put everything in that last game and it turned out great!" Kira Walkenhorst added: "I am really happy that we won this gold medal, even though we didn't have a good start in this tournament. Right now we just want to enjoy and don't want to think about next season."

The 2017 FIVB World Championships in Vienna is the next goal for the German superstars, Kira Walkenhorst admitted: "We'll try our best and another medal would be great. Only the World Championships are missing now!"

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The Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series arose out of a joint venture between the Austrian Companies Red Bull and Hannes Jagerhofer, founder and CEO of the ACTS group. Red Bull, established in the 1980's by Dietrich Mateschitz, is one of the world's most famous brands, its direct marketing focusing on sports and lifestyle. ACTS Group, an agency founded in 1990, is a full service provider of event-marketing, external communication and online services and famous in the world of sports for its outstanding organizational qualities shown at the Beach Volleyball tournament in Klagenfurt/Carinthia. The collaboration of a worldwide successful brand and an experienced promoter takes Beach Volleyball to a whole new level. Furthermore another strong partner is on board: Swatch supports the sport and its athletes, being title sponsor of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series. It displays a cooperation in order to develop Beach Volleyball as the world's number one summer sports event and to achieve the following vision: "Establish Beach Volleyball as a multimedial sports-entertainment event for athletes, fans & partners."

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