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Zoe Verge-Depre, Esmee Bobner clinch Paris Olympics bid

Zoe Verge-Depre, Esmee Bobner clinch Paris Olympics bid

Joana Mader, left, and Anouk Verge-Depre were left scrambling against the Canadians and out of Olympics contention/Volleyball World photo

It’s over.

At long last, after 17 months and nearly two dozen tournaments, the first and major leg of the Paris Olympic race is over, the last bid sealed up by Switzerland’s Zoe Verge-Depre and Esmee Bobner.

Their ticket was punched in an agonizing manner, watching from the sidelines as Tokyo bronze medalists Anouk Verge-Depre β€” the older sister of Zoe β€” and Joana Mader competed at the Ostrava Elite16, after Zoe and Bobner were eliminated in the qualifier by their very rivals. A winless performance in the main draw, when a semifinal berth was required, ended the run for Anouk and Mader, who fell in both matches on Friday, first to Barbora Hermannova and Marie-Sara Stochlova of the Czech Republic (21-19, 23-21) then to Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes and Brandie Wilkerson (23-21, 21-15).

Esmee Bobner, left, and Zoe Verge-Depree during the Ostrava qualifier/Volleyball World photo

The remainder of the Olympic races were wrapped up during Wednesday’s qualifier.

Eighteen of the 24 spots per gender are now decided. Of the remaining six spots, five will be earned via continental cup events over the next few weeks, and France will award one wild card. Boding well for France is that its top women’s team, Lezana Placette and Alexia Richard, qualified via points, and will then get a second team into the Games via wild card. They are expected to announce their wild card teams June 17.

Below is a list of teams who have qualified for the Olympics

Men’s beach volleyball teams qualified for the Paris Olympics

World Championships berth: Ondrej Perusic, David Schweiner, CZECH REPUBLIC

  1. David Ahman, Jonatan Hellvig, SWEDEN
  2. Anders Mol, Christian Sorum, NORWAY
  3. Andre Loyola, George Wanderley, BRAZIL
  4. Nils Ehlers, Clemens Wickler, GERMANY
  5. Andy Benesh, Miles Partain, USA
  6. Evandro Goncalves, Arthur Mariano, BRAZIL
  7. Michal Bryl, Bartosz Losiak, POLAND
  8. Stefan Boermans, Yorick de Groot, NETHERLANDS
  9. Matthew Immers, Steven van de Velde, NETHERLANDS
  10. Sam Cottafava, Paolo Nicolai, ITALY
  11. Cherif Samba, Ahmed Tijan, QATAR
  12. Chase Budinger, Miles Evans, USA
  13. Adrian Gavira, Pablo Herrera, SPAIN
  14. Adrian Carambula, Alex Ranghieri, ITALY
  15. Thomas Hodges, Zachery Schubert, AUSTRALIA
  16. Jorge Alayo, Noslen Diaz, CUBA
  17. Julian Horl, Alex Horst, AUSTRIA

Women’s beach volleyball teams qualified for the Paris Olympics

World Championships berth: Kelly Cheng, Sara Hughes, USA

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