Russia’s Liamin/Krasilnikov top podium at Kish Island

Kish Island, February 18, 2017 – Russia’s Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov won their first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medal as partners at Kish Island 3-Star on Saturday, following a 2-1 (18-21, 21-19, 15-8) win over Poland’s Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak in the final.

Kantor/Losiak took advantage of their opponents’ rough start to secure the first set, but the hard-serving Krasilnikov helped the Russian side to bounce back in the succeeding sets and completely deny their rivals for the top podium spot.

FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Kish Island 3-Star 2017
Viacheslav Krasilnikov's serve was key to Russia's victory over Poland's Kantor/Losiak

Liamin/Krasilnikov are playing in their second World Tour event together. The Russian pair first teamed-up at the Fort Lauderdale Major, where they placed ninth. Krasilnikov previously won one gold, three silver and two bronze medals with partner Konstantin Semenov; while Liamin previously won bronze with partner Dmitri Barsuk.

Kantor/Losiak improved their medal standing by one place at Kish Island after they took the bronze last year. The Polish duo have been playing together since 2009 and have won one gold, one silver and four bronze medals on the World Tour.

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