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Germany wins 1st beach volleyball gold

London, England (Sports Network) - Germany's Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann won Europe's first ever Olympic beach volleyball gold medal Thursday, beating Brazil in the men's final.

Brink and Reckermann edged Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego in three sets 23-21, 16-21, 16-14. They recovered after a late rally that saw the Brazilians score three straight points to draw even at 14-14 in the third set.

"We were worried," said Brink. "We would have been very sad if it had gone the other way and we had lost."

The only other German medal in Olympic beach volleyball was Jorg Ahmann and Axel Hager's bronze in 2000.

Earlier, Latvia's Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins came back to beat Reinder Nummerdor and Rich Schuil of the Netherlands in the bronze medal match after losing the first set.

Plavins and Smedins won their country's first Olympic beach volleyball medal 19-21, 21-19, 15-11. It was Latvia's first medal of the London Games.

08/09 19:33:58 ET


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