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Brazil clinch gold in volleyball
23 Aug 2008 15:09 BST

Brazil have won their first Olympic gold medal in women's volleyball with a 3-1 victory over the United States.

The South American team recorded a 25-18 18-25 25-13 25-21 win to remain undefeated at the Beijing Games.

Earlier, China secured bronze in the by beating Cuba 3-1 in front of a raucous and partisan crowd.

The 2004 Olympic champions made sure of third with a 25-16 21-25 25-13 25-20 win over a Cuban side that had not lost a set until their semi-final defeat.

The Chinese were much the better side as Cuba could only find their best form late on in the match.

Brazil's Sheilla Castro said: "We struggled a lot. We played hard and we never gave up.

"Only in the second set we played badly. It hasn't hit me that we've won."

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