London 2012: Women's beach volleyball

America's Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings made Olympic history when they defeated compatriots Jen Kessy and April Ross to claim their third consecutive beach volleyball title as earlier Brazilian Juliana Silva and Larissa Franca came back from the brink to beat China's Zhang Xi and Xue Chen in the bronze medal match.

  • Brazil's Juliana Silva blocks a shot by China's Zhang Xi in the women's bronze medal beach volleyball match. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Brazil's Larissa Franca, left, tries to spike a ball past China's Xue Chen. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

  • Brazil's Juliana Silva celebrates a shot. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • China's Xi Zhang dives for a ball. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

  • Brazil's Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva celebrate as they win the game. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

  • Franca hugs a man after defeating China's team to win the Bronze medal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • ...and Silva does the same. REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

  • United States’ Misty May-Treanor dives for the ball during the women's gold medal beach volleyball match against United States April Ross and Jennifer Kessy. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Kerri Walsh Jennings spikes the ball past April Ross. REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

  • Photographers take pictures as Kerri dives for the ball. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Misty and Kerri celebrate a point. REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

  • David Beckham and his son Romeo watch the game. REUTERS/Neil Hall

  • Gold medallist Kerri Walsh celebrates with relatives at the end of the game. AFP PHOTO/DANIEL GARCIA

  • Gold medallists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings react as they receive their medals. REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

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