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United States win volleyball gold
24 Aug 2008 7:34 BST

The United States upset defending champions Brazil to win volleyball gold with a thrilling 3-1 victory in the men's final in Beijing.

Top seeds Brazil had held a two-point lead in the fourth set, but the US fought back to claim a deserved 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 win.

It was the Americans' first Olympic gold in the event since Seoul in 1988.

Elsewhere, Russia secured a comfortable 25-22, 25-19, 25-23 victory over Italy to claim bronze.

Russia captain Vadim Khamuttskikh said: "We can say it's not for nothing that we have come to the Olympics.

"We'd greater plans than this but we've got the bronze medal. We hope in the future our performance will improve."

The performance of the day came from the US team, who came from a set down to win gold.

Clayton Stanley, the top scorer and server in Beijing, finished with 20 points, including 15 spikes, while Godoy Filho scored 14 points for Brazil and Dante Amaral 13 spikes.

In the decisive fourth set, William Priddy teamed up with Ryan Millar and David Lee for 12 blocks, which set the US towards victory.

And Stanley secured the win with a cross-court smash that Brazil's captain Gilberto Godoy Filho was unable to return.

"A gold medal in the Olympics is a huge victory for us," said America's Sean Rooney, referring to a campaign that was overshadowed by the murder of head coach Hugh McCutcheon's father-in-law in Beijing at the start of the Games.

"I think when that kind of thing happens, the guys got a good taste of what's important in life. We were crushed by that."

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