RIO DE JANEIRO – Kerri Walsh Jennings became the first athlete to win a record fourth Olympic medal in beach volleyball when she claimed bronze on Wednesday 17 August at Copacabana Beach Volleyball Arena. “That team is one of the greatest of all time.” Walsh said after the match. “To beat them was magical.”
- Laura LUDWIG (GER) and Kira WALKENHORST (GER) won gold to win Germany’s first Olympic medal in women’s beach volleyball.
- Agatha BEDNARCZUK (BRA) and Barbara SEIXAS DE FREITAS (BRA) took silver and gave Brazil a record 12th medal in beach volleyball.
- WALSH JENNINGS and April ROSS (USA) claimed bronze and WALSH JENNINGS became the first athlete in beach volleyball to win a record four medals (3 Gold -1 Bronze).
- WALSH JENNINGS played in her fifth Olympic Games. Before competing in beach volleyball in 2004, 2008 and 2012, she was part of USA women’s volleyball team which finished fourth at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
- April ROSS claimed her second medal, after a silver medal in London, when she lost the final to WALSH JENNINGS/ Misty MAY-TREANOR (USA).
- USA and Brazil are the only NOCs to have won a medal in beach volleyball at all six Games it has been on the programme (since 1996).