The Americans took the gold in 43 minutes in temperatures of 33 ° C over the Australian pair
TOKYO – The American April ross already has a medal of each color for his three appearances in Olympic beach volleyball: silver in London, bronze in Rio de Janeiro and the gold that he won alongside Alix klineman on Friday by defeating the Australian duo in Tokyo.
The American duo beat the Australians Mariafe Artacho del Solar Y Taliqua clancy by partials of 21-15, 21-16 under intense heat in a match that, fortunately for the nearly 60 people present in Shiokaze Park, was defined very early.
With temperatures of 33 Celsius (92 Fahreinheit), the Americans took the gold in 43 minutes. In the match for bronze, the Swiss Joana heidrich Y Anouk Verge-Depre achieved a comfortable straight-set win over the pair of Latvia.
To Australia It was his first medal in the discipline since Natalie Cook Y Kerri Pottharst they took the gold in Sydney 2000. But this time they were never really a threat to the Americans, who lost just one set in seven games in Tokyo.
Klineman, Olympic debutant, and Ross, who boasts three medals in three participations, it took just 20 minutes to win the first set. They fell 2-0 in a second before basting 10 points and putting distance in between.
The Swiss defeated Tina Graudina Y Anastasija Kravcenoka 21-19 in the first set. They started the second set with a 5-1 lead before breaking off for a 21-15 victory.
Graudina became the first player to reach Olympic Games from a beach volleyball program of the NCAA, which started in 2012. He played in the University of Southern California, where he won the award to Player of the Year in 2019 and guide the Trojans to the national championship in 2021.