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.
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
FIVB.com - Beach Volleyball
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