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2016-09-06 10:56:00 CEST

Mexicans riding the crest of a wave

Beware the Matadors of Mazatlán!

Olympians Juan and Lombardo have won three medals this year. Photocredit: Joerg MitterOlympians Juan and Lombardo have won three medals this year. Photocredit: Joerg Mitter

Team: Virgen/Ontiveros

Nation: Mexico

2015/16 FIVB World Tour ranking position: 6

2015/16 FIVB World Tour ranking points: 4,910

2016 medals: 3 (One silver, two bronze)

Known as the Matadors of Mazatlán, Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen are enjoying their most successful season of their three-year partnership.

The Mexicans have pocketed three medals so far in 2016, including a silver medal in Antalya, and topped a fine campaign by booking their place at the Olympics thanks to a dramatic performance at the smart Major Hamburg. In Rio they reached the knockout phase but on their day they are a match for anybody on the sand.

Fun fact! The duo have been placed in the top 10 at 14 of the 16 events they have taken part in on the FIVB World Tour in 2016.

Watch Juan and Lombardo in action in this incredible rally against Alison/Bruno at the smart Major Hamburg in June.

LOMBARDO ONTIVEROS

  • NameLombardo Ontiveros
  • Nationality Mexican
  • Date of birth1983-11-09
  • Height185 cm
  • ResidenceEscuinapa

JUAN VIRGEN

  • NameJuan Virgen
  • Nationality Mexican
  • Date of birth1987-04-09
  • Height197 cm
  • ResidenceXal. Nayarit