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Brazil’s Alison, Bruno Schmidt take gold in men’s beach volleyball

Beach Volleyball - Olympics: Day 13

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: Alison Cerutti of Brazil reacts during the Men’s Beach Volleyball Gold medal match against Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo of Italy at the Beach Volleyball Arena on Day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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While Brazil didn’t have the best fortune in the women’s beach volleyball competition, with Agatha and Barbara taking silver and Larissa and Talita failing to medal, Alison and Bruno Schmidt had better luck in the men’s bracket.

Alison and Bruno Schmidt took gold, beating Italy’s Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai in straight sets, 21-19, 21-17. While this is the first Olympic medal for Bruno Schmidt, Alison took in 2004 with then-partner Emanuel Rego. The current world champions, Alison and Bruno Schmidt are Brazil’s first Olympic champions since Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos took gold in 2004.

As for Lupo and Nicolai, their silver is Italy’s first Olympic medal in beach volleyball.

Also winning their country’s first Olympic medal in beach volleyball was the Dutch tandem of Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen, who defeated Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov of Russia in the bronze medal match, 23-21, 22-20.

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