Bello twins target Olympic bid after historic beach volleyball bronze medal
Javier and Joaquin Bello immediately set their sights on Paris 2024 after winning England’s first beach volleyball medal at the Commonwealth Games.
The Madrid-born twin brothers, who moved to the UK with their family 11 years ago, bounced back from their semi-final loss to Canada to claim men’s bronze after a 21-11 21- 12 against the Rwandan duo Olivier Ntagengwa and Vénuste Gatsinze.
After making history on the sands of Smithfield, the siblings have insisted they will only have one day off before returning to training as they seek to become Britain’s first team to qualify for the Olympics.
“We are not a team that sits on a win, we like to get back to work as soon as possible,” Javier said. “We will not forget this moment because it is huge for us and our country.
“We are the first English team to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games, why can’t we also be the first team to qualify for the Olympics?
“It’s the ultimate goal, Paris may be a little too early but we will fight for it at every stage. I hope we can do it and see you in Paris in two years.
After a one-sided victory was sealed, Javier and Joaquin immediately rushed to celebrate with team mom Barbara and sparring partner younger brother Enrique standing inches away. Beach volleyball is a family affair for the Bellos as the siblings are also coached by Father Luis.
Joaquin hopes their moment in the sun can inspire others to follow in their footsteps, as he added: “We’re going to keep working, keep trying to push up the world rankings to try to qualify for the Olympics.
“This is just the start for us and the start of beach volleyball in the UK.”
Australia retained the gold medal won on the Gold Coast four years ago as Paul Burnett and Chris McHugh edged Canadian duo Daniel Dearing and Sam Schachter 17-21 21-17 20-18 in a thrilling final .