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2016-09-04 11:00:00 CEST

Can the reigning champs win gold again?

After their triumph in Fort Lauderdale last year all eyes will be on Larissa/Talita in Toronto

As the only Brazilian women at the tournament the focus will be on Larissa and Talita. Photocredit: Mihai StetcuAs the only Brazilian women at the tournament the focus will be on Larissa and Talita. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu

Team: Larissa/Talita

Nation: Brazil

2015/16 World Tour ranking position: 4

2015/16 FIVB World Tour ranking points: 4,820

2016 medals: 5 (Two gold, two silver, one bronze)

After dominating the game in 2015 – which included winning the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale – 2016 has also been a success for Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes.

A haul of five medals, including two golds – one of which came at the Gstaad Major – has kept the Brazilians at the top end of the ranking ahead of this year’s epic tournament finale.

While they were gutted to lose out on a medal on home sand at the Rio Olympics, the duo will be aiming to retain the crown they won 12 months ago.

Fun fact! Since joining forces in 2013, Larissa and Talita have won 13 gold medals in 26 FIVB World Tour events – that’s one gold every other tournament.

Watch the best of the action from Larissa and Talita's Gstaad Major victory over Walsh Jennings/Ross.

LARISSA FRANCA MAESTRINI

  • NameLarissa Franca Maestrini
  • Nationality Brazilian
  • Date of birth1982-04-14
  • Height174 cm
  • ResidenceFortaleza

TALITA DA ROCHA ANTUNES

  • NameTalita Da Rocha Antunes
  • Nationality Brazilian
  • Date of birth1982-08-29
  • Height181 cm
  • ResidenceRio de Janeiro