Olympics beach volleyball: Germany shock Brazil to win gold

Germany's Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann shocked top-seeded Brazilian pair Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego to win men's beach volleyball Olympic gold at Horse Guards Parade.

Brink and Reckermann clinched the first set 23-21, before Brazil's reigning world champions won 21-16 in the second to take the match to a deciding set.

Analysis

"It was an incredible match - what a final. It had drama all the way through."

The Germans blew three gold medal points before clinching the final set 16-14 to condemn Brazil to silver.

Latvia beat Netherlands to earn bronze.

Brink and Reckermann's triumph helped Germany become the first European country to win Olympic gold in the event.

The 2009 world champions opened up a 14-11 final-set lead to close in on gold, before the plucky Brazilians pegged them back to 14-14 when Emanuel levelled with his first ace of the match.

But the German pair showed their resolve to quell any hopes their opponents had of completing a remarkable comeback with two quickfire points.

Earlier on Thursday, Latvia's Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins won 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-11) against Dutch duo Reinder Nummerdor and Rich Schuil in their bronze medal match.

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