America’s Ross and Klineman beat Australia for gold in women’s beach volleyball

    United States gold medalists April Ross and Alix Klinman of the United States celebrate on the podium with the silver metallurgists Mariafe Artacho del Solar of Australia and Talicua Clancy of Australia and the bronze medals of Eloureri and El bronze of Anoure Photo: Reuters

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    United States gold medalists April Ross and Alix Klinman of the United States celebrate on the podium with the silver metallurgists Mariafe Artacho del Solar of Australia and Talicua Clancy of Australia and the bronze medals of Eloureri and El bronze of Anoure Photo: Reuters

    April Ross and Alix Klineman won the first U.S. Olympic gold medal in women’s beach volleyball since 2012 on Friday, when they defeated Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy at the Tokyo Games, with home temperatures sand to rise to 45 ° C (113 ° F).

    With the voices of “USA” from 20 team members cheering them on in an otherwise empty arena, the American duo started loudly and advanced to the match 21-13, 21-15 under the hot sun, with off-field temperatures to 32 ° C (90 ° F) and on the sand field 45 ° C (113 ° F).

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    “We had a lot to hear our mission start singing. It is much more personal, but we still felt the seriousness of the situation in the race and how great it was,” Ross said.

    Asked about the fourth gold for US women, Ross said: “I thought about tradition and it means a lot to support it.”

    The ultimate disappointment for Australia was a net serve that gave Klinman and Ross the win, prompting the US pair to replace their gentle hugs that followed each score with a deep hug.

    Swiss duo Anouk Verge-Depre and Joana Heidrich won the bronze medal after defeating Latvia Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka 21-19 21-15 earlier in the day.

    About 10 Olympic officials from each country were ready to cheer their teams on the shady stadium set up in Shiokaze Park next to Tokyo Bay.

    Latvia gave its fans a word of hope with three points, but in the end doctors, psychologists and other representatives from Switzerland celebrated.

    Heinrich looked at them after the victory, screamed at a camera and then jumped on the railing to hug her supporters.
    The bronze is Switzerland’s first in the women’s Olympic event. The country won the men’s bronze medal in 2004.

    The United States, the birthplace of beach volleyball, and Brazil have dominated the medals since becoming an Olympic sport in 1996 – including nine of the 12 gold medals in the 2020 Men’s and Women’s Games.

    Brazil was eliminated in the women’s tournament earlier.

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