A hard fall suffered this day the cousins Esteban and Marco Grimalt in the beach volleyball of the Tokyo Olympic Games, in a duel played for the second date of Group E.
The national team, who had just lost in the debut against Brazilians Evandro and Bruno Schmidt, were far from their best level and fell without appeal against Poles Grzegorz Fijałek and Michal Bryl. The European duo dominated the match and took the match in two sets, with partials of 21-17 and 21-18, complicating their chances of advancing to the next round of the tournament.
Now, the Chileans are obliged to defeat Moroccans Zouheir Elgraoui and Mohamed Abicha this Thursday at 10 p.m. to finish in third position. If they do, the Grimalts could opt to be one of the best third in the discipline and thus have chances of at least playing the playoffs, and qualify for the round of 16.
After the game, Esteban spoke with TVN and said that “it was difficult for us at the beginning and again we went backwards as with Brazil. That conditioned us, and also when we were close we were not constant.” For his part, Marco maintained confidence in moving forward, underlining “we have been playing together for more than ten years and at this point we already know how to handle anxiety. Besides, we are in good head and physically”.