11.07.2021 - Vienna, Austria
Russian beach volleyball prodigy Mariia Bocharova added yet another victory to her extensive list of youth accolades as the 19-year-old blocker paired with Elizaveta Gubina to triumph at this week’s U-20 European Championship in Izmir, Turkey.
To win her eighth European age group title, Bocharova joined forces with Gubina to prevail over Spanish Tania Moreno and Ana Vergara 2-0 (21-19, 21-18) in Sunday’s gold medal match in Izmir. That was the second time the Russians won a tournament together, with the first being the 2019 U-18 European Championship, when they also met the Spanish in the final.
Since 2017, Bocharova has also won two editions of the U-22 European Championship, three of the U-20 and one of the U-18 besides the 2018 Youth Olympics and the same year’s U-19 World Championship with Maria Voronina. She has played in the last three editions of the EuroBeachVolley finishing 25th, ninth and 17th.
Denmark’s Sofia Bisgaard and Clara Windeleff finished third after they defeated Dutch Brecht Piersma and Desy Poiesz in straight sets (21-19, 21-11) in the bronze medal match.
The men’s tournament in Turkey was won by Slovenia’s Rok Bracko and Rok Mozic, who upset Norway's Markus Mol, the younger brother of three-time reigning EuroBeachVolley champions Anders, and Jo Sunde in the two-set (21-15, 21-15) final.
Italy claimed the bronze medal with Theo Hanni and Filippo Fusco’s 2-1 (21-19, 17-21, 15-10) victory over Hungary’s Marcell Mikulass.