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30 Jul 2012
London 2012 , IOC News , Beach Volleyball

Brazil defeat GB in tight match - London 2012 - Beach Volleyball

Brazil were made to work hard at Horse Guards Parade before they overcame Great Britain in the men's competition, while in the women's the USA continued to storm on.

Britain's Steve Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson suffered a second straight defeat but not before putting on a valiant performance.

The pairing of Ricardo Santos and Pedro Cunha simply had too much power and experience for the British duo in their Pool F match.

The customary boisterous crowd at the 15,000-seater arena inevitably did their bit to help the British players, but the Brazilians nevertheless wrapped up a 21-17 21-12 win that sees them through to the knockout stage.

Earlier in the day, Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann of Germany moved into the knockout stage after coming from a set down to defeat China at Horse Guards Parade.

Latvia's Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Ruslans Sorokins also powered into the knockout phase with a straight-sets dismissal of South Africa while there were also wins for Norway, Poland and Switzerland.

In the women's, the highlight of the day saw defending two-time Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh maintain their stunning record at the Games with a straight sets win over the Czech Republic.

May-Treanor, celebrating her 35th birthday, bossed the opening set with a series of winning attacks at the net to set the United States duo on course for a win that takes them into the knockout stage.

Elsewhere, China beat Switzerland 2-1 and Brazil beat Germany 2-0 in the other standout results.

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