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China’s Tian & Wang End 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball Season with Hong Kong Challenger Gold
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Sunday, 11 November 2007


The players and all guest enjoy flag-raising ceremony.



Photo by Fu Ching Tak

Hong Kong, November 11, 2007 - Jia Tian and Jie Wang ended the 2007 FIVB Beach Volleyball campaign like the Chinese pair started their international season last May in Shanghai with a gold medal after the world’s No. 2-ranked team captured the US$30,000 Crocodile Hong Kong Beach Festival 2007 here Sunday at Victoria Park.

The top-seeded Tian and Wang scored a 21-18 and 21-16 win in 39 minutes over second-seeded Chinese rivals Chen Xue and Xi Zhang in the Crocodile Hong Kong Beach Festival 2007 gold medal match to share the $5,000 first-place prize while netting their fourth international Beach Volleyball title.

The victory was Tian and Wang’s 13th FIVB win in 17 matches against their younger Chinese rivals. The previous 16 matches between the two teams were on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour where Xue and Zhang had won two of the previous three gold medal contests with Tian and Wang during the 2006 season.

While Tian and Wang were undefeated in the competition with five wins, including a 21-18 and 21-12 semi-final victory earlier Sunday over 10th-seeded Jarunee Sannok and Usa Tenpaksee of Thailand in 35 minutes, Xue and Zhang had to win three elimination matches to reach the Crocodile Hong Kong Beach Festival 2007 “final four” where the pair split $4,000 for their silver medal finish.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 12 November 2007 )
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Thursday, 08 November 2007


(From left to right) Mr. Paul Calello, CEO of Credit Suisse Investment Bank and CEO for Credit Suisse Asia Pacific, Mr. Paul Dingley, Director of Marketing, HKRFU and former Hong Kong Sevens captain, Mr. James Barrington, Sales and Marketing Director, Cathay Pacific Airways and members of the Hong Kong Sevens team, Rowan Varty pose with the Gerry Forsgate Quaich at the HKRFU sponsorship announcement press conference

[HONG KONG, November 8, 2007] – The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU), Cathay Pacific and Credit Suisse today announced the signing of a new four-year title sponsorship deal for the world-renowned Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens.

The new four-year, multi-million dollar sponsorship agreement sees Hong Kong’s flagship airline, Cathay Pacific Airways, and leading international financial services group Credit Suisse extend their co-title sponsorship rights to the Hong Kong Sevens through 2011.

Speaking on behalf of the HKRFU, Mr Dingley said: We are delighted to continue our partnership with Cathay Pacific and Credit Suisse, for four more exciting years. The long-term sponsorship commitment will help us maintain the unique status of the Hong Kong Sevens as the preeminent tournament in the IRB World Sevens Series.”

Mr Barrington of Cathay Pacific commented on the sponsorship extension saying: “Cathay Pacific is delighted to be joining with Credit Suisse for a new four-year sponsorship deal for the Hong Kong Sevens. The Sevens is one of the best-loved events on the sporting calendar and is a huge draw for rugby fans from both Hong Kong and overseas. Cathay Pacific is committed to help stage world-class events in its home city and I'm sure this new sponsorship deal will help take the Hong Kong Sevens to new heights.”

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 November 2007 )
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Saturday, 27 October 2007


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All boats in the Total Lubmarine Asia Pacific Hong Kong to Hainan Race have completed the race, with Steve Manning's 'Walawala' reaching Sanya just before 1100 hours this morning after 47 hours of sailing.
Line Honours was claimed by Sam Chan's 'Ffree Fire 52' after a 32 hour downhill slide in 18 to 22 knots of breeze. The TP52 was also to claim 1st Overall with 'Fortis Mandrake' arriving at midnight after an expensive trip, having trashed all her kites in the first 250nm.
It was a long night for the finishing boat, with 'Strewth' crossing the line at around 0500hrs this morning, and 'Shahtoosh' 30 minutes behind that. 'Walawala' completed the set and the provisional boats show the boats mirroring their finish on the water.


Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 October 2007 )
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