American Ross and Kleinman defeat Australia with gold medal in Olympic beach volleyball


April Ross and Alix Klineman won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics women’s beach volleyball and defeated Australia in two sets on Friday.

Ross and Kleinman defeated Tarik Clancy and Maria Feria Tachodel Solar 21-15 and 21-16 to win the gold medal.

The match lasted 43 minutes.

Ross, 39, of California, won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics.

Neither was with Kleinman, 31, from California.

“I’m still trying to handle it, but I’m here now with this team and this medal. I’m very proud of others, but how this worked, And the risks Alix took to get out on the beach and all her hard work … wouldn’t happen without it, “Ross told reporters after the match.

“I can’t understand how it worked as it did. It’s like a fairy tale,” Oh, I’m trying to win a gold medal at the age of 39, “and the fact that it actually happened is very It feels special and surreal. I’m very proud of our team and I’m very grateful to everyone who helped us come here, “she added.

Kleinman was an indoor volleyball player before switching to beach volleyball in 2017 and teaming up with Ross.

She won the gold medal at the first Olympics.

“People need to understand the risks that April took on with me as a partner,” Kleinman said after the victory. “When we joined together, I had less than a year of beach experience and didn’t play at a high level. She took into account my indoor experience and my goals and motivation. I think she felt how terrible I wanted this. She saw something that no one else had seen me. She saw my potential and told me I am very grateful for making that bet. “

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April Ross and Alix Klineman of the United States celebrate winning the gold medal match against Australia on August 6, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (John Sibley / Reuters)

The silver medal won by Clancy and Altacho del Solar is Australia’s first medal since 2000.

Anouk Verge-Depre and Joana Heidrich won the Swiss bronze medal match.

Also on Friday, the US women’s indoor volleyball team defeated Serbia in three sets to win the gold medal.

They will face Brazilian and Korean winners.

Zachary Stieber

Zachary Stieber covers US news, including politics and proceedings. He started in The Epoch Times as a metro reporter for New York City.