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2017-09-14 14:58:00 CEST

Golden award for Austria’s silver boys!

Vienna’s silver medalists honored by their home city

Clemens and Alex (middle) together with Andreas Mailath-Pokorny (left) and Hannes Jagerhofer (right)Clemens and Alex (middle) together with Andreas Mailath-Pokorny (left) and Hannes Jagerhofer (right)

They won silver on home sand but Austria’s World Championship heroes Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst finally got their hands on a golden honor in their home city on Thursday.

In doing so, the pair joined some illustrious company when they were awarded the coveted Goldener Rathausmann in Vienna.

Following their exploits at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 Doppler and Horst were invited to the Rathaus in Vienna to receive their awards.

They also made a little piece of history. The experienced beach volleyball stars became the first sports team to collect the accolade and the third and fourth sportsperson to scoop the prize.

Doppler, 37, and 34-year-old Horst were runners-up in their home World Championship after a stunning route to the final, and the pair join the likes of footballer Pele and singer/songwriter Elton John among the list of previous winners.

“It’s a very proud moment,” Clemens said. “It was a surprise, neither of us expected it. It’s the highest award you can get from the City of Vienna and this is our city, the place where Alex was born and where I have lived for the last 20 years.

“Standing here in this historical room receiving this makes me very proud.”

Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, councilor for culture and sport for Vienna, added: “This prize pays them respect for what they achieved and also a thank you for them being ambassadors of Vienna.”

If you’re in Vienna on September 22, you can congratulate the silver medalists at a very special meet and greet in the Sportscenter at Donaucity. Fans will also have the opportunity to train with the players. Click here for more information.

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