21.09.2020 - Vienna, Austria
Reigning world champions Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Viacheslav Krasilnikov maintained their supremacy at the national level as the beach volleyball stars won their second-straight gold medal as the Russian Championships this weekend.
Oleg and Slava entered the tournament in Sochi as the defending champions and advanced all the way to the final, where they met Konstantin Semenov and Ilya Leshukov, who has also been their final opponents in the 2019 edition of the tournament. With authority, the reigning world champions posted a 21-15, 21-16 win and retained their position as the country’s leading team.
It was the fourth national title for Stoyanovskiy, who had won the tournament previously with Artem Yarzutin in 2015 and 2017, and the third for Krasilnikov, who topped the podium in 2018 with Nikita Liamin, shortly after the two joined forces.
Alexey Arkhipov and Dmitry Veretyuk finished third after they defeated Ruslan Bykanov and Alexander Likholetov in the three-set (21-17, 18-21, 15-9).
The women’s tournament had surprising winners as 20-year-old Aleksandra Ganenko and 21-year-old Anastasiia Frolova overcame opponents with greater international experience to take their first national title.
The young talents, who have paired for only six World Tour appearances, secured the top spot of the podium following a 21-13, 21-14 victory over reigning Youth Olympic champions Mariia Bocharova and Maria Voronina.
“We trained a lot and our plan wasn’t to do anything special,” Ganenko revealed. “We knew that if we could avoid making mistakes and having a good strategy we could fight to win every match.”
World Tour regular Nadezda Makroguzova and temporary partner Daria Rudykh won the bronze medal after they downed two-time Olympians and three-time Russian champions Ekaterina Birlova and Evgeniya Ukolva in the three-set (19-21, 22-20, 15-12) third-place match.