Canadian men suffer disappointing beach volleyball World Tour finish
Germans capture women's gold, Brazilians take men's
It was a disappointing day for Canada's Chaim Schalk and Ben Saxton, who missed the podium at the FIVB World Tour Finals in Toronto, Ont. on Sunday.
Despite having home court advantage the pair fell in the semifinals to top seeds Bruno Oscar Schmidt and Alison Cerutti of Brazil 21-15, 21-18.
Having been relegated to the third place match, the fourth ranked Canadians faced a quick turnaround to prepare for John Hyden and Tri Bourne of the U.S.— who they had encountered before in group play.
The Canadians, however, got off to a poor start conceding the opening set 21-14. While Schalk and Saxton were able to rally they ultimately fell 22-20 in the second.
"We didn't get the start we wanted," said Saxton. "Midway through the second set we started to figure it out but it was too little, too late. Wish it could've gone the other way."
The pair however made sure to acknowledge the support of the fans. "The Toronto crowd was the best," said Saxton. It's nice to be able to share this with the home crowd. We want to keep coming back here year after year."
In the men's gold medal final, Cerutti and Schmidt got past Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Solberg 21-19, 21-19 in an all-Brazilian championship. It's the second consecutive World Tour Finals championship for Cerutti and Schmidt.
They finished their season with four gold medals (including top prize at Rio), two silvers, and five trips to the podium in nine events.
Germans capture women's gold
Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany captured the Swatch beach volleyball FIVB World Tour final on Sunday with a straight sets victory over Swiss duo Joana Heidrich and Nadine Zumkehr.
Ludwig and Walkenhorst captured the match 21-18, 21-16 in 41 minutes. They were coming off a gold medal at the Rio Olympics last month while also winning European and German titles this season.
The Germans were able to overcome a slow start to the event after losing their first two games in pool play.
"We are really speechless," Ludwig said. "This season was amazing for us. As a team we really improved a lot. We put everything in that last game and it turned out great."
It was the final match for Zumkehr, 31, who will now retire.With files from CBC Sports