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American Rogers, Dalhausser win beach v'ball gold

American Rogers, Dalhausser win beach v'ball gold

Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser completed an American sweep of the beach volleyball gold medals, beating Brazil in three sets on Friday.
A day after Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor weathered a driving rainstorm to win their second straight gold, the men won their Olympic debut in more typical beach weather. Dalhausser and Rogers beat Fabio and Marcio 23-21, 17-21, 15-4.
It is the third beach volleyball gold for the American men in four Olympics since the sport was added for Atlanta in 1996. The United States is the first country to sweep the gold medals in a single game.
Brazilians in green and yellow wigs added a samba beat to the Chaoyang Park venue, while the Americans in the 12,200 seat-stadium made do with a few U.S. flags and a man in a red, white and blue Evel Knievel jumpsuit.
Dalhausser's bald head glinted in the sun, while Rogers wore his hat backward, to keep the sun off his neck. In the stands, umbrellas were used for shade instead of shelter as they were Friday.
Brazil's designs on gold were blocked by Dalhausser, who rejected four in a row to turn a 5-1 lead in the third into a 9-1 blowout.
He did it again on the game-winner, then the 2.6 meter (6-foot-9) monolith known as "The Thin Beast" rushed over and tackled Rogers, both of them tumbling to the sand.
Earlier Friday, Athens gold medalists Emanuel and Ricardo of Brazil won the bronze, beating Jorge Terceira and Renato Gomes of Georgia 21-15, 21-10.


Updated : 2021-03-03 20:40 GMT+08:00