Thursday, August 21, 2008

Beijing: Rogers-Dalhausser win gold

by Jason Schock at 8:32 PM

Phil Dalhausser has a gold medalThe United States reclaimed its status as the top beach volleyball nation today when Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser narrowly defeated Brazil to win the gold medal, beating Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz, 23-12, 17-21, 15-4, in the men's finals.

After two sets, they were tied at one apiece. But in the final set, Brazil fell apart. Errors by Fabio and impenetrable blocking by Dalhausser put the Brazilians into a hole they couldn't climb back out of. At one point, the U.S. scored a run of seven straight points, with "The Thin Beast" recording an astounding six stuffs.

American men were completely shut out of the medals in 2004, with Brazil's Emanuel/Ricardo netting the gold.

Results

Yesterday, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their second gold medal in as many Olympics, establishing the pair as the greatest beach volleyball ever.

 

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