Rio’s Golden Favorites: Women’s Brazilian Beach Volleyball

Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca
Talita Antunes (L) and Larissa Franca of Brazil in action at Copacabana Beach, September, 2015

They own the top two spots in FIVB’s Provisional Olympic Rankings. Additionally, the next Olympics are being held on their home court, on the sands of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Clear favorites to win gold, and maybe silver, are the beach volleyball women’s pairs from Brazil.

The female duo of Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca are primed for gold, with a recent win over American competition in Switzerland, April Ross and London silver medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings. At the end of 2015, FIVB players, coaches, and officials voted on who the best players were: Talita Antunes was voted Best Spiker, while Larissa Franca was voted Most Outstanding.

Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas
Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil celebrating at a competition in Prague, 2015.

The second ranked team of Barbara Seixas and Agatha Bednarczuk were voted “Team of the Year” over their compatriots after having gathered the most points in 2015 in the race to FIVB’s World Tour crown.

The Brazilian women will be ranked #1 in two of the four pools at the Rio Olympics. Home sand advantage goes to Brazil.