Brazilian teams finished on top of the podium on both the men’s and women’s sides in the Beach Volleyball World Championships, and will be taking home five out of six medals.
In Sunday’s final in the Hague, the Dutch team of Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst easily won the first set in front of a crowd that included the Dutch king and queen. But the Brazilians, Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt, rallied to take the next two matches and the title. The final scores were 12-21, 21-14, and 22-20.
The top American team, Nick Luceno and Theo Brunner, finished fourth after losing the bronze medal match to Brazilians Pedro Solberg and Evandro Concalves Oliveira Jr.
Brazilian women claimed the entire podium in the final matches the day before. Barbara Seixas and Agatha Bednarczuk finished first, with Taiana Lima and Fernanda Alves settling for second.
This is the first world championship for Seixas and Bednarczuk.
The overwhelming success of the Brazilian teams will set high expectations for next year’s Rio-hosted Olympics, where beach volleyball will be played at the iconic Copacabana Beach.