Iemelianchyk and Denysenko soar to top spot in Satun

Satun, Thailand, April 9, 2019 – Ukraine’s Vladyslav Iemelianchyk and Denys Denysenko claimed the top spot in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Satun 1-star with a straight-set win in the gold medal match on Thursday.

Iemelianchyk and Denysenko prevailed in a nail-biting three-set encounter with Kazakhstan’s Dimitriy Yakovlev and Sergey Bogatu to move to the finale recording a 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-13) win.

The Ukrainians battled Iran’s Rahman Raoufi and Abolhamed Mirzaali in the gold medal match, where they never gave their rivals a chance to bounce back. They completed their mission with a 2-0 (21-10, 21-14) win.

Ukraine climbed two places higher from their last medal victory of bronze in Vaduz, Liechtenstein on August 12, 2018, when Iemelianchyk teamed-up with Sergiy Popov. Iemlianchyk also netted gold with Popov in Porec, Croatia on July 8, 2018. The Ukranians now have a total of four medals from the men’s tournaments on the FIVB World Tour.

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Kazakhstan’s Yakovlev and Bogatu claimed third place. They lost the semifinal to the Ukranians in the tie-break 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-13) but recovered in their next match to salvage the bronze with another tie-break victory 2-1 (28-26, 14-21, 15-9) against Thailand’s Kitti Duangjinda and Dunwinit Kaewsai.

The last time Kazakhstan won an FIVB World Tour medal was at the Bandar Anzali tournament in Iran on October 19, 2018 when Alexandr Dyanchenko and Alexey Sidorenko won gold.


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