Norway’s Mol/Sorum Become Youngest Ever to Win European Beach Crown

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 22nd, 2018 | Beach, European volleyball, International Volleyball, News

CEV Beach Volleyball European Championships

The 2018 Men’s CEV Beach Volleyball crown belongs to Norway as Anders Mol/Christian Sorum topped 2015 champions Janis Smedins/Aleksandrs Samoilovs, the No. 7 seed from Latvia, in straight sets for the gold medal.

Mol/Sorum won 21-17, 21-13 in just 34 minutes to become the youngest European Beach champions in history and the first European champions from Norway since Vegard Hoidalen/Jorre Andre Kjemperud in 1997.

The 12th-seeded Norwegians also made history last week winning the gold at the Gstaad Major, marking the first FIVB World Tour gold for the country since 1998 and also made the duo (21 year old Mol, 22 year old Sorum) the third youngest team ever to win a World Tour gold at a combined 43 years, seven months and 20 days.

The gold medal ended a 7-0 run through the championships, including a 3-0 effort and Pool E title and tiebreak wins in the Round of 16 and quarterfinals.

The silver gives Smedins/Samoilovs their fifth Euro Beach Volley medal since 2013 (gold – 2015; silver – 2013, 2014, 2017).

Mol/Sorum and Smedins/Samoilovs advanced to the title match with semifinal sweeps. Smedins/Samoilovs took out Russians Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov. The Norwegians downed Spain’s Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira matching the result of the Gstaad Major championship from last week.

No. 8 Herrera/Gavira, the 2013 European champions, had to settle for bronze, hanging on for a 21-17, 13-21, 15-12 win over No. 19 Semenov/Leshukov.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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