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United States win volleyball gold

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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.

US celebrate volleyball gold
The US trailed for most of the fourth set but fought back to win gold
"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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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
Brazil and US in final showdown
22 Aug 08 |  Volleyball
US and Brazil in volleyball final
22 Aug 08 |  Volleyball
US reach volleyball semi-finals
19 Aug 08 |  Volleyball
Russia face US in semi-final tie
20 Aug 08 |  Volleyball
European champions in shock loss
15 Aug 08 |  Volleyball

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