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European champions in shock loss

The Schwaiger sisters pulled off a shock victory
The Schwaiger sisters have become a hit back home in Austria

Austria's Schwaiger sisters pulled off a stunning victory to defeat European champions Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig of Germany in the beach volleyball.

Doris and Stephanie won 23-21 11-21 18-16 to reach the last eight.

"That's the most disappointing defeat of my career," said Goller. "I'm a bit empty because you work two years for this event and then it's gone."

Reigning champions Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor of the US managed a hard-earned win over Belgium.

The Americans survived five set points in the first set before beating Liesbeth Mouha and Liesbet van Breedam 24-22 21-10 in 38 minutes.

It was the 105th consecutive victory for the Americans - and marked Walsh's 30th birthday in style.

Nicole Branagh and Elain Youngs also won to keep alive the possibility of an all-American final.


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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forBrazil 1 1 0 2
Men 0 1 0
Women 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forUSA 1 1 0 2
Men 1 0 0
Women 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forChina 0 0 1 1
Women 0 0 1
4 also show each event results forRussia 0 0 1 1
Men 0 0 1

see also
Alan Wills blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
US duo on course to defend title
12 Aug 08 |  Volleyball


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