Olympic Countdown: May-Treanor/Walsh win third Olympic gold

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 23, 2016 - At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh finished in perfect fashion as they became the first team ever to win three Olympic beach volleyball gold medals, defeating fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in straight sets.

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It was a great sendoff for May-Treanor, who retired from the sport immediately after the London Games.

Brazil's Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva took bronze by beating Chen Xue and Zhang Xi of China 2-1.

In the men's final, Germany’s Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann missed three match points, but won gold with the fourth as they beat Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego 2-1.

They were the first European side to win an Olympic beach volleyball gold medal. Latvia’s Janis Smedins and Martins Plavins beat The Netherlands' Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil in the bronze medal match to win Latvia’s first medal of London 2012.

This article is one of a series in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as the FIVB looks back at previous Olympic volleyball  and beach volleyball tournaments.

Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games
Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games
Munich 1972 Olympic Games
Montreal 1976 Olympic Games
Moscow 1980 Olympic Games
Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games
Seoul 1988 Olympic Games
Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games
Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games - Beach volleyball
Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games - Volleyball
Sydney 2000 Olympic Games - Beach volleyball
Sydney 2000 Olympic Games - Volleyball
Athens 2004 Olympic Games - Beach volleyball
Athens 2004 Olympic Games - Volleyball
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games - Beach volleyball
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games - Volleyball


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