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14/03/2020 18:00
Gold and bronze for Poland and Italy at 4-Star event in Doha
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Doha, Qatar, March 13, 2020. There was plenty of reasons to celebrate for European teams on Friday - when the Katara Beach Volleyball Cup, a 4-star men’s-only event part of the FIVB World Tour finished in Doha. Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek and Michał Bryl claimed the gold medal, while three-time European champions Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo of Italy started their 2020 campaign with a third-place finish.

The Polish team emerged victorious in the Qatari capital after a three-set thriller against Mexico’s Josue Gaxiola and Jose Rubio, the real sensation of the tournament. Fijalek and Bryl, the world’s no. 7, held their own to stop an underdog upset from Gaxiola and Rubio, who sit in 96th place only in the world rankings.

A shock looked on the cards after the first set, which the Mexicans won 21-16, but the Polish duo won a tight second set 21-19 before winning the tiebreaker 15-11 to secure victory in Doha.


Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo of Italy celebrated bronze in Doha at such a difficult time for their home country fighting against the coronavirus outbreak

In the bronze medal match, Italy's Lupo and Nicolai won in straight sets against Brazilians and second seeds, Evandro Gonçalves and Bruno Oscar Schmidt. The ‘small final’ featured as many as three of the four players who contested the gold medal match at Rio 2016 – where Bruno snatched home gold alongside former partner Alison Cerutti. Nicolai and Lupo ensured they would return home with a medal with a 21-19, 21-17 victory.

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