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US Women Win Beach Volleyball Gold

While indoor volleyball team avenges 2016 loss to Serbia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 6, 2021 4:45 AM CDT
US Women Win Beach Volleyball Gold
April Ross, left, of the United States, places the gold medal around the neck of teammate Alix Klineman, after winning a women's beach volleyball Gold Medal match against Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

(Newser) – Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman have won the women’s beach volleyball gold medal. The US pair beat Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy of Australia 21-15, 21-16 for the championship on Friday. It’s Ross’ third medal in as many Olympics, to go with the silver she won in London and a bronze from Brazil, the AP reports. Klineman is a first-time Olympian. Ross received her third Olympic medal from her third Olympic partner after a masked IOC official presented it on a tray because of pandemic protocols. "I was like, 'We get to award the medals to each other,'" said Ross. "In my head, I was thinking, 'Thank you, Alix." The Americans pair tied for the top spot in the Olympic qualification points race and lost only one set in seven matches in Tokyo.

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The US women’s indoor volleyball team, meanwhile, made it to the gold medal match for the fourth time ever after avenging a semifinal loss five years ago to Serbia with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 victory Friday. The Americans easily dispatched of the team that denied them a chance at their elusive first gold medal in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. They advanced to Sunday's gold medal match against the winner of the Brazil-South Korea semifinal. Serbia will play the loser for the bronze.

(Read more 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games stories.)

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