In Vienna at the Donauinsel (Danube-Island) from 28th of July to 6th of August (so this week) the beachvolleyball world-championship takes place. So in the true sense of the word a major-event takes place in my backyard – I live only a 10 minutes walk away from the location on Donauinsel. And that's why it was absolutely clear to me, that I'm gonna pay a visit there and to experience one or another game live.
But of course I also have other things to do than watching volleyball. And of course this week temperatures were really very high, something that's not promotive for visiting an open-air event. On Wednesday however I made it to the championship.
And I have to say: I very much enjoyed it.
I came there shortly before noon and I watched altogether 4 games:
- 2 men- and 2 women-matches
- 2 matches on the centre-court and 2 matches on the side-courts
- and thank god at least 1 match with „Austrian contribution“
1st match was Kunert-Dressler (Austria) against Williams-Philip (Trinidad & Tobago).
A plain sailing for the Austrians, who made it into the tournaments knockout-stage with this.
For die Caribbeans it was the 1st world-championship and in line with this they had to pay apprentice's due.
Was nevertheless quite a good match with appealing rallies, especially by the Austrians, but also frequently by the Trinidad guys.
The 2nd match was the best one I watched live.
With the US-Americans Brunner-Patterson and the Brazilians Pedro-Guto 2 great duos battled in the arena.
Finally after a close 3-set match the Brazilians won, who secured the first place in their preliminary group with this.
More important to me was, that both played many great rallies and showed many attractive strikes.
A pleasure to watch and absolutely championship-worthy!
Subsequently to this match I moved from the centre-court to the side-courts.
The atmosphere on both courts really was very different:
While on centre-court everything was designed for a big show, on the side-courts everything revolves about the sport itself.
Video-wall vs. simple number-board, Entertainer vs. court-announcer sporadically telling the results. And of course on the side-courts to matches simultaneously side by side.
There I watched – as just mentioned simultaneously – the matches Antonelli-Carol from Brazil vs. Bawden-Clancy from Australia, as well as Davidova-Shchypkova from Ukraine against Maia-Lima from Brazil.
Also the women-matches were close, thus captivating and also the level of their game was high to very high.
And the crowd at the women-matches on the side-courts were even more passionate and cheered their teams enthusiastically. This truly was pure sports – and this is something in my favour!
Finally in both matches the Brazilian duos prevailed in 3 close sets.
In case I created enough suspense at my readers with this blog-entry and were able to whet appetite for more, I keep you informed about the tournaments progress with a little update on Sunday of Monday.
A strong event this Beachvolleyball world-championship, that I really liked.
The events setting was felicitous and the performance-level absolutely championship-worthy.
This years championships take place until tomorrow Sunday (so from today just less than 2 days). And now we are in the tournaments crunch-mode, when the decision about the medallists takes place.
So when you have some leisure-time left, then make a visit at the Donauinsel. The event is even for free. Only in case you have claustrophobia you should attend it – but then anyway you should avoid every big event ;-)
Update 10th of August 2017:
I have promised to deliver the event's results and so I do:
At the Ladies the Germans Ludwig-Walkenhorst won Gold against US-Americans Ross-Fendrick. In the Bronze-match Brazilians Larissa-Talita prevailed against Canadians Pavan-Humana-Paredes.
From the Ladies-duos I watched only Antonelli-Carol with a 5th place finished close to the medals.
At the men from an Austrian point of view it was a fantastic-result:
Our top-duo Doppler-Horst made it into the final and there in 2 very close sets was defeated by the new world-champions Evandro-Andre. That means Gold for Brazil and Silver for Austria.
Bronze-medal was conquered by Russians Krasilnikov-Liamin against Dutch Varenhorst-Van Garderen.
At the men-event none of the duos I watched at my visits made it into the event's "hot phase".
Furthermore I have also added a little image-gallery of my visit at the Beachvolleyball world-championships, just a 10 minutes walk away from my current home.