RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -Brazil beat the Americans in the women’s beach volleyball semifinals and ended the gold medal run of three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings.
Agatha and Barbara won 22-20, 21-18 to earn a matchup in the final against Germany. The best Walsh Jennings and her partner, April Ross, can do is a bronze medal when they play Brazil’s other women’s team on Wednesday.
Walsh Jennings had won three gold medals with Misty May-Treanor and had never lost an Olympic match. In fact, she had only lost two sets in her Olympic career before falling in straight sets at the Copacabana venue.
Agatha and Barbara are the defending world champions, but they were the second-seeded team in the tournament to fellow Brazilians Talita and Larissa. The No. 1 team, a pair of three-time Olympians, lost to Germany earlier Tuesday.