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Victoria’s Jamie Broder all but sealed her fate for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games this summer by finishing in fifth place at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour – Cincinnati Open with her teammate, Toronto’s Kristina Valjas, over the weekend.

The two Canadians sit in 11th place in the FIVB Olympic qualifying points. The top-16 pairs qualify for Rio. At this stage, the two are not guaranteed a spot yet, however, they would have to have an epic meltdown to not being named to the team, they have two more tournaments left to compete in during the qualification period, which ends on after the Moscow Grand Slam, which starts Wednesday, followed by the Hamburg Open that takes place from June 7 to June 12.

So far it appears that Canada will have two women’s beach volleyball teams qualify for Rio. Joining Broder and Valjas is Sarah Pavan of Kitchener and Heather Bansley of Waterdown. The two are currently in fifth place in the Olympic qualifying standings.

FIVB is the governing body of the sport of volleyball, the International Federation of Volleyball or Fedération International De Volleyball. There are 14 Opens, four Majors and four Grand Slams. Olympians and Olympic hopefuls have already had a chance to compete in Rio this year, as the Rio Grand Slam took place in March.

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