Australians defeated Brazilians for last Cancún title 

CANCUN, Mexico, May 1, 2021 - Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar denied Brazil the opportunity of winning gold medals in all three FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 4-star tournaments at the Cancun Hub as the Australians topped the final podium at Playa Delfines on Sunday. 


The bronze medallists of the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship, the Australians had the slimmest of margins in a hard-fought, three-set battle against Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa and secured the title with a 2-1 (19-21, 22-20, 16-14) victory. 


The Australians, who finished fifth in the first tournament and ninth in the second, repeated what they did in 2019, when they won the Chetumal Open, played nearly 400 miles south of Cancun, and returned home from Mexico with a gold medal in their bags. 


“We love you, Mexico!,” Artacho del Solar celebrated. “We’ll have great memories of these events. We came here with a goal and even though it didn’t go our way in the first two events, we kept strong, stayed focused and here we are. I’m so happy.” 


The bronze medal match in Cancun was a rematch of the 2019 World Championship final and marked the 14th meeting between USA’s April Ross and Alix Klineman and Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes since 2018. 


The Americans extended their winning record against their Canadian rivals to 9-5 with a 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) win that secured them the last spot on the podium. 


It took them three attempts, but Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan will leave the Cancun Hub with gold medals around their necks. Silver medallists in the first two FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 4-star events at the Playa Delfines, the Qataris climbed another step on the podium on Sunday as they won the third and final tournament in Mexico. 


After losing back-to-back finals to Norway’s Anders Mol and Christian Sorum, the 25-year-old Cherif and the 26-year-old Ahmed remained strong and secured the title of the final tournament on Mexican sand with a 2-0 (21-15, 21-12) win against Russians Konstantin Semenov and Ilya Leshukov. 


It was the first victory for the Qataris together in a 4-star event and just their second as a team, following their triumph in a 1-star tournament in Doha in February. Cherif and Ahmed have won more medals than any other men’s team in 2021, with two golds and two silvers in five tournaments. 


American veterans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena won their first World Tour medal since March 2019 as they finished third in Cancun after defeating Italians Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) in the bronze medal match.