USA wins first gold medal in women’s volleyball

USA wins first gold medal in women's volleyball

The North American team finished on the top of the Olympic podium for the first time in its history after beating Brazil

United States won his first Olympic gold medal in the women’s volleyball by defeating Brazil in straight sets25-21, 25-20, 25-14), almost four decades after taking the podium for the first time.

The Americans, who accumulated three silvers and two bronzes since their first medal in 1984, completed their collection after overwhelming the brazilian to those who fell in the finals of Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

The captain Jordan larson, a member of the team that won silver in 2012 and bronze five years ago, paved the way to victory with his leadership and solid play in both attack and defense.

Larson and the central blocker Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson, both in their third Games, have a medal for each appointment after the last match of their Olympic careers.

With the victory, the American coach, Karch kiraly, joins China’s Lang Ping as the only people with an Olympic title in volleyball as a player and coach. Kiraly he won gold as a player at Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988, and was crowned in beach volleyball at Atlanta 1996.

United States was early ahead on the board by scoring the first four points thanks to the powerful attack of Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and they were behind on very few occasions throughout the game.

The clash ended with a direct from Larson who completed the sweep of the Americans in her nine sets in the knockout phase. The players gathered on the court to hug each other through tears.

Brazil accused the absence of the attacker Tandara Caixeta, who left the Games prior to the semifinal clash following his suspension for a possible anti-doping rule violation. According to his lawyer, the prohibited substance found in a test in July accidentally entered his body.

In the game for bronze, Serbia claimed its second consecutive Olympic medal after beating South Korea in straight sets. The medal comes five years after they first rose to an Olympic podium in the discipline to receive silver in Rio de Janeiro.

Serbia bounced back from their heavy loss to United States in the semifinals to bring the victory 25-18, 25-15, 25-15. The Serbs won in straight sets six of their eight matches in Tokyo.

South Korea came out empty-handed in search of its second women’s volleyball medal after winning bronze in 1976.

France beat the Russians to win gold in the men’s tournament, while Argentina took bronze by beating five sets to Brazil.

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