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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 beat Fabio and Marcio 23-21, 17-21, 15-4 in more typical beach weather.
Rejecting four straight shots in the decisive set of the final to turn a tight match into a blowout, Dalhausser did it again on championship point to give the Americans the sport's first Olympic gold medal sweep.
"I got in a zone, I guess," Dalhausser said. "I blocked it all out. It's just one of those things where you see everything perfectly and it all seems to be in slow motion."
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.
"We're in good company," Rogers said.
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.
The tallest player in the tournament at 2.6 meter (6-foot-9), Dalhausser had nine blocks in the gold medal match.
"When he gets on a roll, I just pull out my pompons and give a little cheer and keep smiling and clapping," Rogers said. "That's what good blockers do: When they get on a roll, good luck to you."
After winning the game, Dalhausser, also known as the "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 : 2020-12-01 13:32 GMT+08:00