Qatar’s Ahmed Tijan Janko/Cherif Younousse Samba picked up their country’s first Asian Games beach gold with a 26-24, 21-17 win over Indonesia’s Ade Candra Rachmawan/Mohammad Ashfiya. China, meanwhile, went without a medal for the first time since 1998.
It will be China vs. Japan for the women’s gold medal on Monday, while Indonesia and Qatar will face off on the men’s top stage on Tuesday.
Teams from four countries are set to vie for medals in the women’s semifinals, while three countries will be represented in the men’s final four after the quarterfinals on Saturday.
After eight men’s matches and four women’s Round of 16 matches, the quarterfinals are set for the Asian Games beach competition. Three men’s tiebreak matches, including one for China’s Gao/Li, highlighted Friday’s action.
After 48 men’s and 32 women’s pool play matches, the Asian Games beach volleyball field was narrowed to 16 teams per gender moving on into the elimination rounds.
The upset of the day happened in women’s Pool D as 2012 and 2016 Asian Games champions Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee of Thailand fell to Kazakhstan’s Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova 18-21, 21-12, 15-11 on Day 1 of beach volleyball action.
Two new FIVB World Tour champions were crowned Sunday at the Singapore Two Star. Japan’s Chiyo Suzuki/Reika Murakami and China’s Peng Gao/Yang Li won their first titles.
Americans John Mayer and Trevor Crabb, who started the tournament as a wildcard entry and dropped their opening pool play match, capped a six-match win streak and secured their first ever FIVB medal, winning gold at the Lucerne Three-Star on Sunday. Countrymen Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen earned bronze at the tournament.
Home court advantage was alive and well at the Aalsmeer One Star with two Dutch teams earning pool play titles alongside pairs from Indonesia and New Zealand.
Four Asian beach squads, Qatar, Iran, Indonesia and Australia, have qualified for the Vienna 2017, FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships….