RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Devastated. Unable to sleep. Cursing and great and blaming herself after descending brief of her idea to win a fourth uninterrupted Olympic bullion medal.
Staggered by her first-ever detriment during a Summer Games, behind by one set in a bronze award compare and trailing in a second, Kerri Walsh Jennings pulled herself together on a Copacabana silt to turn a most-decorated beach volleyball actor in a sport’s Olympic history.
“It’s crazy what 24 hours can do,” Walsh Jennings pronounced after she and Apr Ross kick Brazil’s Talita and Larissa 17-21, 21-17, 15-9 on Wednesday night. “This is a prominence of my jaunty career, though a doubt.”
Walsh Jennings struggled with her flitting via a award round, including on Tuesday night when a span mislaid to Brazil’s second-seeded team. But a three-time champion delivered a span of blocks for a final dual points to bind a bronze.
After hugging their opponents, Walsh Jennings slapped hands with some courtside volunteers and afterwards found a U.S. entertaining territory in a dilemma of a 12,000-seat locus built on a beach that serves as a sport’s devout home.
Wrapping themselves in an American flag, a partners gave any other another prolonged embrace.
“Devastating is a flattering outrageous word, though it flattering many captures how we felt final night,” Walsh Jennings said. “We came here to be a best, and we was subpar.”
The feat left Walsh Jennings with 3 bullion medals and a bronze, violation a tie with former partner Misty May-Treanor as a many successful actor in Olympic beach volleyball history.
“I consider she’s a best actor that we have for beach volleyball for all (time),” Talita said. “If we ask everybody, everybody will contend ‘Kerri.'”
With a win, a Americans avoided a award shutout in a foe it invented and — with Brazil — has dominated given beach volleyball was combined to a Olympics in 1996.
The United States have won 6 of a probable 12 bullion medals in a foe and 10 overall. Brazil has clinched 13 medals — usually dual gold, with a possibility to supplement dual some-more in Rio.
But with her ideal Olympic record — Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor usually mislaid one set while unconditional to 3 bullion medals — a detriment on Tuesday night left a three-time champion in a funk.
Walsh Jennings and Ross pronounced conjunction of them slept after losing to Brazil’s other group in a semifinal; for Walsh Jennings, it was her initial detriment in 27 Olympic matches. It got worse as a night went on.
It wasn’t until she and Ross arrived during a venue Wednesday and got a pep speak from manager Marcio Sicoli that they were means to refocus on a competition.
“He said, ‘This is all about we guys,'” she said, adding that he talked about their children and their families and all a people who have upheld them. “He strike a heart. He done it about being your best.”
Ross, who warranted china in London, pronounced a bronze award diversion is “the hardest compare to play in sports.”
“One group is going home empty-handed, and a other is going home with an Olympic medal,” she said.
Brazil’s detriment still leaves a home nation with dual beach volleyball medals on home sand.
Agatha and Barbara mislaid to Germany in a women’s championship in a late match, earning a silver. Alison and Bruno were in a men’s bullion award compare opposite Italy on Thursday.
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