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15/03/2020 12:00
Three medals for European teams at Langkawi World Tour event
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Langkawi, Malaysia, March 15, 2020. The FIVB announced earlier on Sunday the cancellation or postponement of all World Tour events up until the end of April because of the coronavirus outbreak. The local organisers were able to complete the 1-Star tournament in Langkawi, with the medal matches played on Sunday shortly before the stop to all competitions announced by the FIVB.

In an all-European men’s final, Jedrzej Brozyniak and Piotr Janiak of Poland (pictured) claimed gold after edging Martin Johansson and Alexander Annerstedt of Sweden after a closely fought match (2-1; 21-19, 14-21, 15-8). Their success in Malaysia adds to another World Tour gold medal secured earlier this week by their compatriots Grzegorz Fijalek and Michal Bryl at the prestigious 4-Star event in Doha, Qatar (see here).


Sisters Dorina and Ronja Klinger of Austria could celebrate their first World Tour podium in Langkawi

Dorina and Ronja Klinger of Austria celebrated their first World Tour medal as they finished the women’s competition in second place. The Austrian sisters (Dorina 22, Ronja 19) defeated the top-seeded Japanese duo Chiyo Suzuki/Yurika Sakaguchi 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 15-10) in the semi-finals on Sunday, thus making amends for their 0-2 loss in the group stage of the event.

In their first World Tour final, the Klinger sisters met the experienced Kou Nai-Han/Liu Pi-Hsin of Chinese Taipei, ranked 53 in the world rankings, i.e. 60 positions ahead of the Styrians. Kou/Liu, who had already won two World Tour events in their career going into this final and have a second and third place finish on their resume as well, beat Klinger/Klinger 2-0 (23-21, 21-18) in the match for gold after a close game.

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