2016-09-19 01:00:00 CET
Brazilian silver medalists proud of season’s exploits
Pedro Solberg believes he and partner Evandro Goncalves are the second best team in the world after losing to who he thinks are the best on the planet in the final of the Swatch World Tour Finals at Polson Pier.
The experienced Solberg and his younger Brazilian teammate ran Olympic gold medalists Alison/Bruno all the way in a tough final in front of a packed crowd but had to settle for silver on what was a proud day for Brazil.
“I think maybe we are, in my opinion at the moment, the second best team in the world,” laughed Pedro. “We’ve been winning tournaments and playing at a really high level…but they’re playing better.
“I think on our day we are very tough to beat. We’ve had a great season, we’ve reached five finals and won two. Unfortunately, we didn’t play our best in Rio, but they were our first Games. I think we proved how strong we are before and after the Olympics.”
In the bronze medal match there was disappointment for home favorites Saxton/Schalk but joy for Americans Hyden/Bourne who were impressive all week as they finished third.
Tri told us: “It’s safe to say it’s the highlight of the season. This is what you want to remember going into the off-season.
“The crowd was great and it gave them a bit of momentum but we stuck with it and worked it out in the end.”
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