Binstock and Schachter earn beach silver at Porec Major
Feature photo: Sam Shachter (left) and Josh Binstock (FIVB)
One day after a Canadian duo took home the silver medal in the women’s competition, Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter made it two in as many days at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in Croatia.
The Dutch team of Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen beat the Canadians 21-15, 21-13 in the gold medal final, a result that gave Binstock and Schachter the silver. An Italian team took the bronze medal.
The second place finish at Porec Major lands Volleyball Canada’s men the first beach medal of the season. It is also the first time a Canadian men’s team has finished on the podium in a FIVB Major Series event since 1997 when Olympic bronze medallists John Child and Mark Heese won third place in Portugal.
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Binstock, with partner Martin Reader, competed for Canada at London 2012. His exploits with Schachter adds to four medals for Canada on the women’s side so far in the 2015 tour, including Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley coming away with the silver on Saturday in Porec.
The next major – second of three this season – starts on June 9 in Stavanger, Norway for women, with men starting the following day.