Athletic

Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan qualify to Cancun final

Cancun-Qatar’s Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan and Norway’s Anders Mol and Christian Sorum will meet in Cancun with FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medals on the line for the second time in six days after the teams won a pair of matches at the Playa Delfines on Sunday.

Cherif and Ahmed, who took silver last week after finishing fourth at the season-opening Katara Cup in Doha last month, are the only team to appear in the semifinals of each of the three 4-star World Tour tournaments played so far in 2021.

The Qataris had somewhat of a less exhausting day than the Norwegians as they prevailed against two Italian teams but needed only two sets to beat Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallists Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai 21-17, 21-16 in the quarterfinals and another two to down Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi, who had defeated them on pool play on Friday, 21-16, 21-10.

Norwegians and Qataris have met four times in the World Tour before with each side taking the win on two occasions.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee