Commonwealth Games: Beach volleyball's O'Dea brothers set sights on Tokyo Olympics

  • 13/04/2018

Ben and Sam O'Dea have Tokyo on their minds, as they plan a long future together in beach volleyball.

The brothers spiked a historic bronze by beating England's Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf in the third-place playoff 21-13, 21-15, as the sport made its debut on the Gold Coast.

"It was great to get out there and start building our way up the world rankings, and hopefully qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and have an awesome career in the sport," said Ben.

"In the short term, it is about getting back and regrouping, and taking a look at a few little injuries, before we make a push for the Olympics.

"I have struggled with a shoulder injury for the last year or two, so we need to get on top of that so we can get back to playing a full season fully healthy."

The Tauranga brothers were inspired to a medal by the news that one of New Zealand's most respected athletes was watching.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read told RNZ he was looking forward to watching the beach volleyball at the Commonwealth Games.

When the brothers heard the news, Sam said they were inspired to play their hearts out.

"Somebody told me that before we played so, I had a chat to Ben and knew we had to put on a show, if the All Blacks captain was going to watch.

"It is great for the profile of the sport, so good for us to play in front of thousands watching here and back home."

With three days of competition remaining, New Zealand has 31 medals.