- April 26-29, 2018
It was a historical day at the Langkawi One-Star as Austrian men’s duo Simon Fruhbauer and Jorg Wutzl earned the country’s first ever FIVB gold medal, while Russians Daria Mastikova/Ksenia Dabizha brought home the third gold in their country’s women’s history.
Fruhbauer/Wutzl ended the Langkawi One-Star atop the podium, earning their first ever FIVB gold by edging out Russia’s No. 10 seed Petr Bakhnar/Taras Myskiv in the final.
Fruhbauer/Wutzl, the No. 13 seed, went 7-0 in the tournament, including four three-set wins, to claim the first ever FIVB gold by an Austrian side. In the semifinals, the duo bested Germany’s No. 12 seed Paul Becker/Eric Stadie in straight sets.
Bakhnar/Myskiv made the final after downing Thailand’s Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud in straight sets.
Inkiew/Padsawud went on to take the bronze medal with a straight set win over the Germans.
On the women’s side, Mastikova/Dabizha brought home gold after a straight set win over Dutch duo Katja Stam/Julia Wouters, including a 29-27 Set 2 score. The gold was the first for a Russian women’s pair since July 2013 (Ekaterina Khomyakova/Evgeniya Ukolova) and just the third since 1992.
The eighth-seeded Russians advanced to the finals with a three-set win over Australia’s No. 3 seed Phoebe Bell/Jessyka Ngauamo, while the 13th-seeded Dutch made their may through a straight set win over Martina Bonnerova/Tereza Pluharova of the Czech Republic.
Bell/Ngauamo wound up with the bronze medal, winning in straight sets.
Simon Fruhbauer/Jorg Wutzl (Austria) def. Petr Bakhnar/Tara Myskiv (Russia) 21-15, 18-21, 15-13
Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud (Thailand) def. Paul Becker/Eric Stadie (Germany) 21-13, 21-16
Petr Bakhnar/Tara Myskiv (Russia) def. Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud (Thailand) 21-17, 21-17
Simon Fruhbauer/Jorg Wutzl (Austria) def. Paul Becker/Eric Stadie (Germany) 21-13, 21-14
Daria Mastikova/Ksenia Dabizha (Russia) def. Katja Stam/Julia Wouters (Netherlands) 21-10, 29-27
Phoebe Bell/Jessyka Ngauamo (Australia) def. Martina Bonnerova/Tereza Pluharova (Czech Republic) 21-14, 21-17
Daria Mastikova/Ksenia Dabizha (Russia) def. Phoebe Bell/Jessyka Ngauamo (Australia) 21-12, 19-21, 15-10
Katja Stam/Julia Wouters (Netherlands) def. Martina Bonnerova/Tereza Pluharova (Czech Republic) 23-21, 21-11