Rio de Janeiro, August 11, 2016 – Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel secured their first win at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games with a 2-1 (21-13, 16-21, 15-11) victory over Chile’s Marco Grimalt and Esteban Grimalt at Copacabana Beach Arena on Thursday.
Here’s what they said after the match…
Mariusz Prudel, Poland
“We won’t think about the next stage. We were thinking about this match so much. It will a harder match, but we have been thinking about how we have been playing.
“We have played better every game and I hope we continue to play better every game.”
Grzegorz Fijalek, Poland
“We were a little bit lucky because it was windy on the court and it affected our service. It was important to win this game and we played much better on the service and we much better ball control today.”
Esteban Grimalt, Chile
“We played better in this game than we have before. The Polish team really served well so there was a lot of pressure on.
“This is a great achievement for Chile, we were really looking forward to playing here. Now we have four years to train, and in the next Olympics we will play a bigger role.
“We are just really grateful. We have all of our family and friends here and all the Chileans supporting us. It was a really nice experience, so close to our home country, and we will continue to keep playing.”
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