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2018-07-14 20:26:00 CET

Silver for Spanish ‘brothers’

Bitter-sweet silver medal for Herrera/Gavira

'Brothers' Herrera/Gavira are all smiles despite their losing the final'Brothers' Herrera/Gavira are all smiles despite their losing the final

They had just lost the chance to win their first Beach Volleyball Major Series gold medal. Yet Spain’s Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera could still afford a smile.

The experienced duo – Gavira is 30, Herrera 36 –  are celebrating 10 seasons together this year and this week, in the Swiss Alps, they were competing at their 100th FIVB World Tour event together.

Even though their silver medal and cowbell – gained after going down to Anders Mol and Christian Sørum in the final – tasted bittersweet after their “worst performance of the tournament”, the Spaniards were happy to celebrate their relationship as teammates in the Alps.

“It’s a pity we couldn’t win gold but to celebrate our 100th tournament together with a medal is really special,” Gavira told us.

“We enjoy playing together and we want to enjoy every year and every tournament together. We are like family and that is important. Our relationship is more important than the sport. We’re like brothers. Pablo has a daughter and she calls me uncle – and that’s nice.”

The pair have already tasted success this season when winning the four-star tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic, three weeks ago.

But for Pablo and Adrian there was some nice symmetry connected to their Gstaad silver: in 2009 they won their first World Tour medal together – here in the Alps.

“You never know what path you’ll take with one partner but after 10 years and 100 tournaments it’s nice to win another cowbell here in Gstaad,” said Pablo. “We met a long time ago and have spent a lot of time together. We’re like brothers, we are family.”

World Tour tournament 101 for the tandem will be at the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch. See you there, guys!

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