Doha-Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner continued their winning streak through the men’s final of the Katara Beach Volleyball Cup 4-star in Doha and brought their fairy tale to a happy end. The 14th-seeded Czechs won their first ever gold on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
In their first World Tour event as a team, Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves and Gustavo Carvalhaes (Guto) took the silver medals.
Fourth-seeded Taylor Crabb and Jacob Gibb of USA grabbed the bronze. It was their second World Tour medal, after their Chetumal 4-star gold in 2019.
The first set of the gold medal match was very competitive through 10-10, after which Perusic and Schweiner broke away on a four-point run and never looked back. Some efficient blocking by Schweiner helped them stay in the lead until Perusic hit the set winner. They opened up a wide lead early into the second set and seemed to be cruising comfortably to the victory. However, Evandro and Guto took advantage of some unforced errors to level it at 17-17. The Czechs, however, stayed intact and pushed forward to a 2-0 (21-16, 21-19) win.
After the match, Director General of the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti and President of the Qatar Volleyball Association Ali Ghanim Al Kuwari crowned the winners.
Source: Qatar Olympic Committee