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V-ball gold for Brazil

Posted: 08/12/2012 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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LONDON -- Brazil upset the U.S. 3-1 for a second straight Olympic gold medal Saturday in women's volleyball, in a match that was the Americans' only loss of the tournament.

In a rematch of the 2008 Beijing final, which the Brazilians also won 3-1 for their first gold in the sport, second-ranked Brazil rebounded from a disastrous first set to win 11-25, 25-17, 25-20 25-17.

Destinee Hooker, the second-best scorer in London and the star of the top-ranked U.S. team, was held to 14 points.

Brazil became the third team to repeat as gold medallist . The Soviet Union won in 1968 and 1972, while Cuba won three straight starting with the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Besides its Beijing and London golds, Brazil won back-to-back bronze medals in the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Jaqueline Carvalho had 18 points for Brazil, which celebrated the win by doing summersaults across the court while some of the U.S. players sobbed.

The loss denied the favoured United States it's first gold medal.

It was the U.S. team's third appearance in an Olympic final.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 12, 2012 B7

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