At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Marcelo was a member of the Brazilian men's volleyball team that finished sixth after being upset by Argentina. In a 3-0 victory over Korea, Elgarten was voted player of the match.
Elgarten, nicknamed Marcelinho, emerged as one of the world's top volleyball players in the 1990s. After taking up the sport in 1987 at the age of 13, Marcelo helped lead Brazil to the World Junior Championship in 1993. In the mid-1990s, he joined the Brazilian National team and became the country's best setter. He was also a member of Sao Paulo from 1993-1998. Elgarten helped lead them to the Brazilian Superliga Championship in 1997 and was voted the league's best setter.
A knee injury interrupted Marcelo's 1998 season, but he recovered the following year (after signing with Olympikus) to again win the honor of the Superliga's top setter. Following the 1999 season, Marcelo joined Palermo in the Italian League, the top league in the world, thus firmly establishing himself as one of the best players in the world. In 2002, he played with the No. 1 ranked Brazilian squad in the World League.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Nov. 9, 1974
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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