posted on Aug, 25 2004 @ 03:01 PM
Athens, Greece (Sports Network) - Brazil's Ricardo Sanos and Emanuel Rego won their country's first-ever gold medal in men's beach volleyball
Wednesday night with a straight set victory over Javier Bosma and Pablo Herrera of Spain.
The 15th-seeded Spaniards were no match for the Brazilians, reigning world champions and the No. 1 at these Games. The match lasted just 42 minutes.
Earlier, Switzerland's Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel won bronze with a three-set victory over Australia's Julien Prosser and Mark Williams.
The Swiss came from behind for the win after dropping the first set by a 21-19 score. Wins of 21-17 and 15-13 gave the No. 5 seeds the medal.
"I feel great," said Heuscher. "It was unbelievable, a great fight. For representing a country without water around it, it was a great success."
Prosser and Williams, seeded 17th here, were the first Australian men's team to reach the semifinals of an Olympic tournament since the sport debuted
at Atlanta in 1996. They were within four points of winning the medal, leading 17-16 in the second set before their opponents came back.
"I feel devastated," Prosser said.