07.07.2019 - Hamburg
Russian machines Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy spoiled the Germany party by fighting back to win a dramatic World Championship final and seal a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics next year.
The third seeds were in superb form in the second and third sets to silence the Red Bull Beach Arena crowd to prevent Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler from completing a Hamburg fairytale.
The decibel level inside the iconic Rothenbaum Arena was deafening in the first set that the home team took 21-19.
That setback only inspired the Russians to turn up the heat and the Krasilnikov and Stoyanovskiy wasted no time in winning the second set 21-17.
It set-up a nail-biting final set where the lead exchanged hands several times. But the Russians ground down their hosts, upping the pressure in the final moments to take the set 15-11 and the title.
In doing so, Stoyanovskiy, at 22, becomes the youngest beach volleyball world champion – beating the winner two years ago, Andre Loyola Stein.
More to follow.