Daegu, Korea, July 14, 2019 – Alexandra Moiseeva and Ekaterina Syrtseva won their first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medals when they beat Kaho Sakaguchi and Reika Murakami in the women-only 1-Star Daegu gold medal match on Sunday.
The Russians beat the Japanese pair 2-1 (15-21, 21-17, 15-12) to improve on their previous best which was silver at the Tuan Chau Island 1-Star event in Vietnam in May.
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For Sakaguchi and Reika silver was their first World Tour medal of the 2018-19 season.
Indonesia’s Dhita Juliana and Putu Utami won bronze with a 2-1 (17-21, 21-18, 16-14) victory over number one seeds Eva Freiberger and Valerie Teufl of Austria. It is the first time they have finished on a World Tour podium.
It was the third consecutive season that Daegu has hosted a World Tour tournament and it ran from July 11-14 with US$5,000 on offer to the winners.