Because I am but one humble reporter covering the majority of the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games for Totallympics Media, I couldn’t write an article about every sport happening on the third day of the games. So I’ve decided to make a condensed article filled with highlights and photos from the day. Enjoy!
Open Water Swimming
Italy took the first ever gold medal at an ANOC World Beach Games courtesy of Marcello Guidi in the men’s 5km open water swimming event.
Both the men and women took to the court for the first day of competition in 3×3 Basketball. The women from the United States put on an impressive show, winning both their games with 22 points. Brazil also had a dominant performance winning their games with 21 points. On the men’s side, the hosts took an early loss to Côte De Iviore, but rebounded to beat Togo. The men’s side also saw Uganda have to pull out of the tournament after one of their players was seriously injured.
Men’s and Women’s group stage action came to close on the third day of the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games. Advancing to the women’s quarterfinals were: Brazil, Poland, Denmark, Spain, Argentina, Vietnam, Hungary, and Greece. Advancing to the quarterfinals on the men’s side were: Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Brazil, Croatia, Australia, and Qatar.
Both the men’s and women’s group stage continued on day 3. By far the best game of the day was Senegal v. the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran won the game based off the penalty shoutout.
Brazil, Russia, Italy, France, and Spain dominated the Round of 16 in all three events. Venezuela are only country besides those 5 left with representatives in the quarterfinals. That feat was achieved in the women’s doubles by Lady Correa and Patricia Diaz.
Beach Volleyball 4×4
Both the men’s and women’s group stages finished today. All teams in both tournaments advanced to the quarterfinals.
Japanese climbers won both the men’s and women’s semifinals with 4 tops each. The finals will take place on Day 4.
Spain won both gold medals on offer with stellar performances from Sandra Sanchez and Damian Quintero. Iran and Chinese Taipei got a silver medal each; while Venezuela, the United States, Hong Kong, and the Dominican Republic took home bronze medals.
Both the men and women were only able to race one race in the opening series today. The rest of the races scheduled for today were moved to day 4.
Maria Vympranietsova of Greece topped the standings in the women’s jump preliminarily. Belarus’s Hanna Straltsova and Germany’s Giannina Bonnemann rounded out the the top 3. Along with the top three; Jutta Menestrina (FIN), Taryn Grant (CAN), and Aliaksandra Danisheukaya (BLR) advanced to the final as well.
Both the men’s and women’s heats took place on day three. Advancing to the women’s final were: Zhenkun Duan (CHN), Ariana Eimer (GER), Chiara Virag (ITA), Alice Virag (ITA), Sanne Meijer (NED), and Jamie Lopina (USA). Advancing to the men’s final were: Shota Tezuka (JPN), Luca Kidd (GBR), Guenther Oka (USA), Massimiliano Piffaretti (ITA), Maxime Roux (FRA), and Cory Teunissen (AUS).