Tokyo Olympics: US beats Brazil to win first gold medal in women's final | Inquirer Sports

Tokyo Olympics: US beats Brazil to win first gold medal in women’s final

/ 02:15 PM August 08, 2021
USA Brazil women's volleyball Tokyo Olympics

USA’s players celebrate their victory in the women’s gold medal volleyball match between Brazil and USA during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on August 8, 2021. (Photo by Yuri Cortez / AFP)

TOKYO -The United States’ dream of winning a first Olympic gold medal in women’s volleyball became a reality on Sunday, when they won against Brazil in straight sets in the final at the Tokyo Games, with the South American rival taking the silver medal.

US opposite Andrea Drews scored 15 points to lead the team to a comprehensive victory at Tokyo’s Ariake Arena, with the 2016 bronze medallists winning 25-21 25-20 25-14, several hours before the Olympics’ closing ceremony.

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Drews and others have filled in for injured ace spiker Jordan Thompson, who did not take part in the match due to an ankle injury.

Earlier, Rio silver medalists and world champions Serbia overpowered South Korea in straight sets in the bronze match to take their second Olympic medal in volleyball at the Games.

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The US women’s team has in the past won three silver and two bronze medals in the event.

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