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US and Brazil in volleyball final

The US team celebrate their semi-final victory over Cuba
The US team celebrate their semi-final victory over Cuba

The United States will face Brazil in the Olympic gold medal match of the women's volleyball competition on Saturday.

The US advanced after beating three-times Olympic champions Cuba 25-20 25-16 25-17 in the first semi-final.

It guarantees the US their best Olympic finish since they took silver in Los Angeles in 1984.

The Brazilians meanwhile overcame hosts China in three sets, 27-25 25-22 25-14, in the other semi-final.

Cuba will take on China in the bronze medal match.

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Matt Slater

The US, who lost in three sets to Cuba in the preliminary round, took a 9-6 lead in the first set after Rosir Calderon's missed spike and held out to take the opener.

Danielle Scott-Arruda's ace helped the US move 8-4 ahead in the second and they extended their lead after more mistakes by Cuba.

Cuba could not respond in the third set and Kim Willoughby's spike sealed victory for the US.


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Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
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
BBC Olympics blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
US reach volleyball semi-finals
19 Aug 08 |  Volleyball


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