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U.S. men win beach volleyball

World champions Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser beat Brazil to win the men's Olympic beach volleyball on yesterday, making it two out of two for the United States who also won the women's event.
The U.S. pair some took time to warm up but then fought point for point with Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz Magalhaes for two sets until Dalhausser found a new gear and showed why he has been nicknamed "The Beijing Beast," smashing down block after block.
The final blow was too much for Marcio and Fabio Luiz, who eventually lost 21-23 21-17 4-15. As they climbed onto the podium to get their silver medals, they wept in each other's arms, still reeling from the blocking onslaught.
Dalhausser could barely believe it himself.
"I'm on cloud nine. This is the best feeling I've ever had. It's unbelievable," the 2.06-meter player said.
The U.S. pair have only been together for two years but have taken the beach volleyball world by storm, winning the 2007 world championships and leading the Olympic qualifications, although they had a shocking start to the Games losing to lowly Latvia.

Updated : 2021-12-09 12:22 GMT+08:00