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Viking duo beat Polish pair as Qatar’s Cherif and Tijan make Asian history.
Anders Mol and Christian Sørum had double reason to celebrate their superb Beach Volleyball Major Series win in Vienna as the gold medal lifted them to the top of the world rankings. Here is all you need to know:
– Mol and Sørum missed last year’s World Championships in Vienna, however they finally got to compete in the Austrian capital after scaling the city’s iconic Riesenrad Ferris wheel to help publicise the stop.
– The Norwegians’ 21-12, 21-17 gold medal match victory over Poland’s Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijałek in the Red Bull Beach Arena secured the Vikings’ second Major Series title in succession following Gstaad.
– Not only that, it saw them crowned as the world number one duo on the back of a phenomenal unbeaten run of 19 matches that included glory at July’s European Championships in the Netherlands.
– Sørum, 22, revealed: “It’s a dream. I grew up watching the World Championships and wanting to be the best in the world. Now I can call myself the best in the world and that’s unreal.”
– Mol, 21, added: “To have our fans here with us makes it even more special. We’re thankful and grateful and they also put in a lot of hard work to make things like this happen.”
– History was also made in the bronze medal match as Qatari pair Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan were victorious to claim Asia’s first ever Beach Volleyball Major Series medal.