Olympics volleyball: Russia stun Brazil to take gold

Russia produced a superb fightback to stun Brazil and claim Olympic volleyball gold.

The Russians, bronze medallists at the past two Games, dug deep to recover from two sets down to win 3-2.

Earlier Italy succeeded where they failed four years ago by taking the bronze medal to end the London Olympics on a high.

Mauro Berruto's men won 3-1 to continue Italy's run of winning a medal at the past five Games.

Analysis

"What a turnaround. For over two hours they battled it out. Brazil had two match points, but Russia came back and Brazil had to settle for silver."

Russia's victory, their first Olympic title since 1980, also means they are the first team in the history of men's Olympic volleyball to win the final from two sets down.

It also denied Brazil the chance to record a London double in volleyball, after the women's team beat the United States to retain the Olympic title.

Brazil were the dominant team for the best part of three sets, seemingly picking up points at will.

So confident were the South Americans of victory that at 2-0 and 22-19 they sent on retiring captain Giba, who had missed much of their run to the final due to injury, to allow him the privilege of being in court when the medal was won.

But suddenly Russia sparked to life, staging a remarkable comeback that Brazil had no answer for to seal a fourth Olympic volleyball title.

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