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Definite loss for Mol/Berntsen – get a decisive battle for a place in the cup game

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Hendrik Mol participates together with Mathias Berntsen in the beach volleyball tournament in Brazil. The duo have lost their first two group games. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB

Of NTB | 05/03/2024 18:44:26

Sport: It was their second straight loss in the group stage after they qualified for the main tournament by winning two games on Wednesday.

Night to Saturday Norwegian time, the Norwegian duo play against American Miles Partain and Andy Benesh in a match where the winner goes to the cup game. This means a place in the first knockout round on Saturday.

On Thursday, Mol and Berntsen lost 0-2 (16-21, 16-21) to the Dutch Steven van de Velde and Matthew Immers in group B, while on Friday it was 0-2 (12-21, 17-21) for George and Andre .

In the qualification, the Norwegians first won 2-0 (21-13, 21-19) over Austrian Laurenc Grössig and Mathias Seiser, before they won 2-0 (21-17, 24-22) over French Rémi Bassereau and Julien Lyneel in the decisive match .

Norway’s star duo Anders Mol and Christian Sørum miss both this and several other tournaments after Mol broke his leg during training in March. He has had surgery to insert a splint into his calf.

Mol and Sørum are reigning Olympic champions and have the Games in Paris as this year’s main goal.

The tournament in Brasilia is this year’s third of nine elite-16 tournaments.

(© NTB)

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