Anders Mol


July 6, 2022

Anders Berntsen Mol (born 2 July 1997 in Stord, but mainly raised in Strandvik, Fusa) is a Norwegian beach volleyball player. He became Olympic champion in beach volleyball together with Christian Sørum in the Summer Olympics 2020 in Tokyo. Mol is part of the national team effort of BeachVolley Vikings. Mol and Sørum have won a number of international tournaments, and have won four golds in the European Championships and bronze in the World Cup, in addition to winning the world series overall in the 2018 season. In August 2018, the team also took first place in the world rankings as the first Norwegian team. over 20 years.


Anders Mol is a triple European champion in the junior class together with Mathias Berntsen, Aleksander Sørum and Christian Sørum respectively. Mol and Sørum have played together since the autumn of 2016, when the pigeon won gold in the EC U22 in Greece. They also surprised by reaching the quarterfinals of the prestigious Klagenfurt Major tournament already the same year. In July 2017, Mol and Sørum made it strong again in a Major tournament, this time in Gstaad. Here the duo finished in ninth place.


In the 2018 season, Mol and Sørum established themselves in earnest in the world elite. In May, they finished second in the four-star tournament in Itapema, Brazil. Then came the breakthrough when they won the five-star master tournament in Gstaad in mid-July. One week later, the duo's first championship medal came at senior level, when they went undefeated through the European Championships in the Netherlands and became European champions after beating Latvia 2-0 in the final. It was Norway's first European Championship gold since 1997, the same year that Mol was born. In August 2018, the team won its third major tournament in a row, when the master tournament in Vienna was also won. Mol and Sørum ended the 2017/18 season by beating the Polish couple Grzegorz Fijałek and Michał Bryl in the final of the world series, a title worth 150,000 USD in prize money.


Mol and Sørum started the 2019 season as the top seed in the world rankings after the strong achievements in 2018. The 2019 season kicked off in Las Vegas in the autumn of 2018, and Mol / Sørum continued where they left off, with gold. Despite Mol struggling with a knee injury at the start of the season, the pair reached the quarterfinals both in The Hague and in Xiamen early in the calendar year 2019. In May, Mol was back in full force, and the team began a new series of victories. In three weeks, they won three world series tournaments on three different continents, when the tournaments in Itapema, Jinjiang and Ostrava were all won. In the last tournament of the spring season, it was 2nd place in Warsaw, but the team was still considered favorites before the World Cup in Hamburg. The World Cup ended with a bronze medal, after losing to home team Thole / Wickler in the semifinals. This was Norway's first World Cup medal since Kjemperud / Høidalen in 2001, and the team expressed both joy and pride over the medal. The first tournament after the World Cup was the traditional tournament in Gstaad, where Mol / Sørum defended the victory from 2018 and took their fifth tournament victory of the season. The tournaments in Tokyo and Vienna were then also won by the Norwegian team.


External links

(de) Anders Mol - Munzinger Sportsarchiv (en) Anders Mol - Olympedia Anders Mol - FIVB (Beach Volleyball Database) (en) Anders Mol - Beach Volleyball Database (en) Anders Mol - European Volleyball Confederation