Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal with their bronze medals.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 22, 2012) - The U.S. men’s beach volleyball teams of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal took third place on Sunday at the A1 Grand Slam in Klagenfurt, Austria to earn their fourth straight podium appearance on the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour.
The top-seeded Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) fell in Sunday's semifinals to the Netherlands’ No. 8 seeded Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil, 21-13, 19-21, 16-14 in 53 minutes.
Gibb and Rosenthal were set to face their No. 2-seeded U.S teammates Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Calif.) and Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) in the match for third. However Dalhausser and Rogers forfeited, giving Gibb and Rosenthal their fourth straight podium appearance including two first-place finishes in Rome and Gstaad and a second-place finish in Berlin.
Gibb and Rosenthal are now 48-17 in 61 World Tour events together having earned 12 total medals, three bronze medals and 14 final four finishes.
In the semifinals, Dalhausser and Rogers fell to Brazil’s No. 7-seeded Pedro Salgado and Marcio Araujo, 25-23, 17-21, 15-10 in 1 hour, 7 minutes. They finished their run at Klagenfurt in fourth place.
Nummerdor and Schuil defeated Salgado and Araujo to win the gold medal, 14-21, 21-12, 15-13.
Both Dalhausser/Rogers and Gibb/Rosenthal are now headed to London to begin competition in the 2012 Olympic Games.
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