London: Germany's Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann won the Olympic beach volleyball gold medal on Thursday night, beating reigning world champions Alison and Emanuel of Brazil 23-21, 16-21, 16-14.
It was the first-ever gold medal for a European team in a sport that has been dominated by the Brazilians and Americans.
Brazil saved three match points to tie it after falling behind 14-11. But, needing to win by two in the first-to-15 third set, Germany took a 15-14 lead and then won it when Emanuel's spike landed just wide of the sideline.
It was the first-ever gold for a European team in a sport that has been dominated by the Brazilians and Americans.
The Germans watched the linesman raise the red flag to signal the ball was out, then dropped to the sand to embrace. Even as the winners were announced, Emanuel and Alison continued to point to the spot where the ball landed, arguing that it was in.