Wild cards awarded for 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships
Laura Ludwig has received a wild card for the 2019 World Championships
Beach volleyball pairs from Germany, Italy and the United States were awarded wild cards for the $1-million FIVB World Championships as the men’s and women’s entry lists are now complete for the event to be played at Hamburg's at Rothenbaum Stadium where the international circuit has staged tournaments in the past three seasons.
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Hamburg 2019 - Wild cards
• Philipp Arne Bergmann/Yannick Harms (GER)
• Alexander Walkenhorst/Sven Winter (GER)
• Alex Ranghieri/Marco Caminati (ITA)
• Laura Ludwig/Margareta Kozuch (GER)
• Leonie Kortzinger/Sarah Schneider (GER)
• Kerri Walsh Jennings/Brooke Sweat (USA)
Teams list - Men
Teams list - Women
Host Germany secured four of the six wild cards for the 12th edition of the FIVB World Championships led by Rio 2016 Olympic and Vienna 2017 world champion Ludwig and her new partner Margareta Kozuch. Ludwig will be competing in her eighth World Championship after she and Kira Walkenhorst captured the 2017 title in Vienna by defeating Americans Lauren Fendrick and April Ross in the three-set finale.
Leonie Kortzinger and Sarah Schneider also secured a wild card berth to give the host Germany six women's teams in the 2019 FIVB World Championships. Other German women's teams in the Hamburg event will be Sandra Ittlinger/Chantal Laboureur, Karla Borger/Julia Sude, Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider and Kim Behrens/Cinja Tillmann.
Last week, the entrants from the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour were announced for the 2019 FIVB World Championships along with the teams earning berths via the continental pathways from the Asian, African, European, South American and NORCECA confederations.
The best host country team will be seeded no. 1 if they are one of the top 12 pairs in the seeding list. The other host country teams will be placed as per their natural seeding.
The Seeds No. 1 through No. 12 will be placed in each pool (Pool A to Pool L) in accordance with their respective seeding points. In the case there is a tie of the seeding points, then the sum of the athlete’s Technical points on May 27 will be used to break the tie. If there is still a tie, a drawing of lots will be organised to break any eventual ties in the seeding.
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As for the competition schedule, the women's event will feature pool play from June 28 through July 2 with elimination rounds starting on July 3 with the semifinals set for July 5 and the medal matches July 6. The men's schedule will start with pool play on June 28 through July 3 with elimination bracket play beginning on July 4. The men's semifinals will be July 6 followed by the medal matches on July 7.
In addition to capturing the $60,000 first-place prize, the men's and women's gold medal teams will secure a berth for their country in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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