Agatha is back on top of the podium! 40-year-old Brazilian star Agatha Bednarczuk claimed her first Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour gold medal. The 2015 world champion and 2016 Olympic silver medallist, who took a baby break after the end of 2021, when she was on top of the FIVB World Ranking (with Eduarda Santos Lisboa - Duda), and skipped the Tour’s inaugural 2022 season, claimed the trophy at the Chiang Mai Challenge in Thailand less than six months after her return to international competition. It was the first Beach Pro Tour gold for her current partner Rebecca Cavalcanti as well. Finland’s Taru Lahti-Liukkonen & Niina Ahtiainen and Canada’s Sarah Pavan & Molly McBain completed the women’s podium.
In the men’s tournament, Steven van de Velde & Matthew Immers of the Netherlands also won their first Beach Pro Tour gold. Poland’s Piotr Kantor & Jakub Zdybek took the silver and the bronze went to Chase Budinger & Miles Evans of the United States.