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2018-07-14 19:08:00 CET

Historic Vikings conquer Gstaad

Mol and Sørum became the youngest players to win a Beach Major Series event in Gstaad

Anders Mol and Christian Sørum pose with the Gstaad Major trophyAnders Mol and Christian Sørum pose with the Gstaad Major trophy

History was written in the Swiss Alps of Gstaad as Norway’s Anders Mol and Christian Sørum became the youngest duo to ever win a Beach Volleyball Major Series event as they took home the iconic cowbells after a straight-set (21-18, 21-12) victory over Spanish Pablo Herrera and Adrián Gavira.

“This whole week has been a fairy tale for us,” Sørum said after the game. “It was a dream to win and take the cowbells home and I can’t believe we did it. It’s unreal”

Mol, 21, and Sørum, 22, gave their country a gold medal in the World Tour for the first time since July 1998, when Vegard Hoidalen and Jorre Kjemperud prevailed in Berlin, Germany.

“It’s been too long since a Norwegian team has been at the hop,” Mol added. “We’re just so happy to take our country back there.”

The energy and physicality of the Beach Volleyball Vikings was too much for the veteran Spaniards, who were dreaming with a gold medal in their 100th World Tour tournament together.  

Mol’s blocking was the difference in the gold medal match as the Norwegians built an early 9-5 advantage in the first set and kept it until the end to win 21-18. In the second set, the blocker’s dominance at the net led to an 11-6 advantage and the Spanish had no answers to the Norwegian, who won 21-12.

In the bronze medal match, Italians Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo came back from an early deficit to turn things around and defeat Americans Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb 2-1 (17-21, 21-16, 20-18) to win their second medal in the Beach Major Series in 2018 following a silver in Fort Lauderdale back in March.

“My side out wasn’t good first set and it got a little better in the second,” Nicolai said after the match. “Daniele played amazing defense that was the key for us to win. It’s great to be in the podium here in Gstaad, which is to me the best pale to play volleyball. We’re proud to get the cowbells as we’ll try to defend our European title next week.”

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