Fuzhou, China, April 26, 2015. Jamie Lynn Broder/Kristina Valjas from Canada defied the odds to take gold at the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball Fuzhou Open. The first FIVB tournament of the season also opens the Olympic qualification window for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. Self-confessed underdogs, Broder/Valjas appeared anything but outsiders on the final day of competition at the FIVB season opener. The Canadians beat US veterans Kerri Walsh Jennings/April Ross in their tough semifinal before winning the final against Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude 2-0 (21-17, 23-21). In the bronze medal match, defending Fuzhou Open champions Walsh/Ross left with the medal after dashing local hopes by beating China’s Wang Fan/Yue Yuan (13-21, 21-13, 15-11).
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