LONDON, Aug 3 (LETA) - Today, Latvian beach volleyball pair Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins defeated Norwegian pair Tarjei Viken Skarlund and Martin Spinnangr 2-0 (21:19, 21:16) in the final 16 of the men's beach volleyball tournament at the London Olympics, thus advancing to the tournament's quarterfinals.
Plavins/Smedins, who are the tournament's 17th seed, will now play the winner of the final 16 match between fourth-seeded Sean Rosenthal and Jake Gibb of the United States and Russia's Sergey Prokopyev and Konstantin Semenov in the tournament's quarterfinals.
Plavins/Smedins are yet to lose a game at the Olympics so far, as they currently have four wins and zero losses.
As reported, in another 1/16 pairing, Latvia's Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins will play Germany's third-seeded Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann.
This match will be played out on Saturday.
Samoilovs/Sorokins, who are the tournament's 16th seed, finished third in Group D with two wins and one loss, while Brink/Reckermann won Group C and have yet to lose in the Olympic tournament.