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Russians Take Spotlight At Kish Island Beach Volleyball Final

Report by FIVB; photos by Islamic Republic News Agency and FIVB

Russian pairs Liamin/Nikita and Stoyanovskiy/Yarzutkin won gold and bronze medals, respectively.
Polish pair Kantor/Losiak took the silver medal.


Kish Island, February 18, 2017 - After the last three days of cold and wet weather, the sun finally showed up and heated up the final of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Kish Island 3-Star at Kish Marine Recreational and Sports Complex on Saturday.

The sun came up on the last day of the Kish Island 3-Star 2017

Kish Island has hosted two FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour events

Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov's second World Tour event of the season worked like a charm, as they captured the gold medal at the Kish Island 3-Star 2017 - the launchpad for the new World Tour star structure, featuring a single elimination format for events with 1-Star to 4-Star ratings.

Liamin/Krasilnikov's fine performance throughout the tournament and their outstanding performance in the final against Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak of Poland yielded them the top spot on the podium. The newly formed Russian tandem's climb to the top bodes well for the next events this year.

"The gold medal is very important for us, not only because it is a new season but also because we are a newly-formed team," Liamin said. "It was really great to play in the final on a sunny day, even though the wind conditions have been quite difficult today. This victory makes us really confident for the rest of the season."

Kantor/Losiak's silver medal, on the other hand, was a great follow-up to their bronze medal finish at Kish Island last year.

Another Russian pair - Oleg Stoyanovksiy/Artem Yarzutkin - also made it to the podium this year. The silver medallists from last year's Kish Island Open retained their composure to win against young German pair Lorenz Schumann/Julius Thole in the bronze medal match.

Quick links - Beach volleyball:

Kish Island 3-Star 2017 -Website
Kish Island 3-Star 2017 - Schedule and results
Kish Island 3-Star 2017 - Teams
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2017
Rio 2016 Olympic Games - Beach Volleyball - Beach Volleyball

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