2018-07-16 16:33:00 CET
The teams that reached the podium in the Swiss Alps all rose in the world rankings
Six beach volleyball teams stood on the podium at the Swatch Major Gstaad last weekend and even though the iconic cowbells are a pretty awesome reward, they are not the only thing these athletes took home after a week of great performances in the Swiss Alps.
The Beach Major Series events are the highest-ranked ones in the World Tour calendar and the impact of the positive results achieved by these tandems in Gstaad was reflected in the updated version of the world rankings, released right after the Swiss tournament.
Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sørum, who became the youngest players to win gold in a Beach Major Series event, jumped two positions in the rankings, as the Beachvolley Vikings moved from seventh to fifth after their victory in the Swiss Alps, which granted them 1,200 points.
The first and second spots remain with Poland’s Bartosz Losiak/Piotr Kantor and the Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, who finished ninth and fifth respectively, but Spanish Pablo Herrera and Adrián Gavira, who were second in Gstaad, are now in the top-3 as they moved one spot up.
The biggest rise among the medalists, however, belonged to Italians Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo, who entered the tournament ranking 18th in the world and are now ranked ninth after they won bronze. Americans Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb, who were fourth in the event, had a enjoyed a bigger leap, moving from 29th to 21st.
Among the women, Gstaad Major winners Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada entered the tournament sharing the top-spot in the world ranking with Brazilians Mari Elisa Antonelli and Carol Salgado, but their victory assured them the exclusive lead, with 5,520 points.
Germany’s Julia Sude and Chantal Laboureur moved three spots up after their silver medal as they were sixth and are now tied for third with Maria Antonelli/Carol and another Brazilian team, Agatha Bednarcuzk/Duda Lisboa, who were fourth in Gstaad and improved one position in the ranking.
Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson, who stepped on the podium with the bronze medal in the Swiss Alps, are now second in the world ranking, their best-ever position after nearly two years of partnership.