Rising star Bocharova wins fourth U-20 European title

11.07.2021 - Vienna, Austria

The 19-year-old Russian is the most accomplished youth player in Europe

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.


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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.