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Beach volleyball at the Tokyo Olympics

Scenes from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic men's and women's beach volleyball competitions. 

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by RUNGROJ YONGRIT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12242918bh)Michal Bryl (L) of Poland in action next to teammate Grzegorz Fijalek (R) and Paolo Nicolai (R) of Italy during the MenÕs round of 16 match between Italy and Poland in the Beach Volleyball events of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Shiokaze Park in Tokyo, Japan, 02 August 2021.Olympic Games 2020 Beach Volleyball, Tokyo, Japan - 02 Aug 2021

USA's April Ross spikes the ball in their
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USA's April Ross spikes the ball in their women's beach volleyball quarter-final match between Germany and the USA during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 3, 2021. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Germany's Laura Ludwig reaches for the ball in
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Germany's Laura Ludwig reaches for the ball in their women's beach volleyball quarter-final match between Germany and the USA during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 3, 2021. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

USA's April Ross falls in the sand in
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USA's April Ross falls in the sand in their women's beach volleyball quarter-final match between Germany and the USA during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 3, 2021.

USA's Tri Bourne dives in the sand while
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USA's Tri Bourne dives in the sand while attempting to block a shot in their men's beach volleyball round of 16 match between the USA and Germany during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Sand falls to the ground as USA's Jacob
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Sand falls to the ground as USA's Jacob Gibb jumps in their men's beach volleyball round of 16 match between the USA and Germany during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Spain's Adrian Gavira Collado serves a ball in
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Spain's Adrian Gavira Collado serves a ball in their men's beach volleyball round of 16 match between Spain and Russia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Italy's Paolo Nicolai (L) and Italy's Daniele Lupo
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Italy's Paolo Nicolai (L) and Italy's Daniele Lupo (R) dive for the ball in their men's beach volleyball round of 16 match between Poland and Italy during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Canada's Melissa Humana-Paredes (L) and Sarah Pavan celebrate
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Canada's Melissa Humana-Paredes (L) and Sarah Pavan celebrate winning their women's beach volleyball round of 16 match between Canada and Spain during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 03: April Ross #1
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 03: April Ross #1 of Team United States and Alix Klineman #2 react after the play against Team Germany during the Women's Quarterfinal beach volleyball on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 02: Pablo Herrera Allepuz
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 02: Pablo Herrera Allepuz #1 and Adrian Gavira Collado #2 of Team Spain compete against Viacheslav Krasilnikov #1 and Oleg Stoyanovskiy #2 of Team ROC during the Men's Round of 16 beach volleyball on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 02, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 02: Elsa Baquerizo McMillan
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 02: Elsa Baquerizo McMillan #2 of Team Spain returns the ball against Team Canada during the Women's Round of 16 beach volleyball on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 02, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Agatha Bednarczuk #1
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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Agatha Bednarczuk #1 of Team Brazil and Eduarda Santos Lisboa #2 talk between plays against Team Argentina during the Women's Preliminary - Pool C on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Eduarda Santos Lisboa
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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Eduarda Santos Lisboa #2 of Team Brazil dives to return the ball against Team Argentina during the Women's Preliminary - Pool on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Konstantin Semenov of
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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Konstantin Semenov of Team ROC holds the ball against Team Spain in the Men's Preliminary - Pool A on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Laura Ludwig of
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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Laura Ludwig of Team Germany returns the ball during a match between Team Germany and Team Switzerland on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Brandie Wilkerson of
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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Brandie Wilkerson of Team Canada reacts against Team China during the Women's Preliminary - Pool C on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Heather Bansley of
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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: Heather Bansley of Team Canada competes against Team China during the Women's Preliminary - Pool C on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: A member of
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TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 24: A member of the court team waits for the players to arrive on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Brandie Wilkerson, of Canada celebrates a winning point
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Brandie Wilkerson, of Canada celebrates a winning point against China against China during a women's beach volleyball match, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Brandie Wilkerson, of Canada celebrates a winning point
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Brandie Wilkerson, of Canada celebrates a winning point against China against China during a women's beach volleyball match, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Joana Heidrich, of Switzerland, left, celebrates with her
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Joana Heidrich, of Switzerland, left, celebrates with her teammate Anouk Verge-Depre, a winning point against Germany during a women's beach volleyball match, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Tanja Huberli, of Switzerland, attempts to block against
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Tanja Huberli, of Switzerland, attempts to block against Margareta Kozuch, of Germany, during a women's beach volleyball match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Anders Berntsen Mol, of Norway, gestures near the
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Anders Berntsen Mol, of Norway, gestures near the volleyball net during a men's beach volleyball match against Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Pablo Herrera Allepuz, of Spain, left , celebrates
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Pablo Herrera Allepuz, of Spain, left , celebrates with his teammate Adrian Gavira Collado, during a men's beach volleyball match, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Germany's Laura Ludwig reacts in their women's preliminary
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Germany's Laura Ludwig reacts in their women's preliminary beach volleyball pool F match between Switzerland and Germany during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on July 24, 2021. (Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by RUNGROJ YONGRIT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12248487ao)Anastasija Kravcenoka of Latvia in action during the Women's semifinal match between Australia and Latvia in the Beach Volleyball events of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Shiokaze Park in Tokyo, Japan, 05 August 2021.Olympic Games 2020 Beach Volleyball, Tokyo, Japan - 05 Aug 2021

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Oleg Stoyanovskiy #2
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Oleg Stoyanovskiy #2 of Team ROC reacts after defeating Team Qatar during the Men's Semifinal beach volleyball on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Tina Graudina #1
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Tina Graudina #1 of Team Latvia celebrates with Anastasija Kravcenoka #2 after the play against Team Australia during the Women's Semifinal beach volleyball on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Cherif Younousse #1
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Cherif Younousse #1 of Team Qatar reacts with Oleg Stoyanovskiy #2 Team ROC after the Men's Semifinal beach volleyball on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Mariafe Artacho del
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Mariafe Artacho del Solar #1 of Team Australia celebrates after defeating Team Latvia during the Women's Semifinal beach volleyball on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Alix Klineman #2
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 05: Alix Klineman #2 of Team United States dives for the ball against Team Switzerland during the Women's Semifinal beach volleyball on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Mariafe Artacho del Solar, of Australia, hits the
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Mariafe Artacho del Solar, of Australia, hits the ball during a women's beach volleyball semifinal match against Latvia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

April Ross (L) and Alix Klineman (R) of
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April Ross (L) and Alix Klineman (R) of USA celebrate after winning the Women's semifinal match against Switzerland in Beach Volleyball at the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Shiokaze Park in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 5, 2021.

Edgars Tocs #2 of Team Latvia reacts after
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Edgars Tocs #2 of Team Latvia reacts after defeating Team Brazil during the Men's Quarterfinal beach volleyball on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Mariafe Artacho del
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Mariafe Artacho del Solar #1 and Taliqua Clancy #2 of Team Australia talk prior to the Women's Gold Medal Match against Team United States on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Mariafe Artacho del
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Mariafe Artacho del Solar #1 of Team Australia reacts while competing against Team United States during the Women's Gold Medal Match on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: April Ross #1
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: April Ross #1 of Team United States dives to return the ball against Team Australia during the Women's Gold Medal Match on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Taliqua Clancy #2
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: Taliqua Clancy #2 of Team Australia reacts while competing against Team United States during the Women's Gold Medal Match on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: April Ross #1
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: April Ross #1 and Alix Klineman #2 of Team United States celebrate while competing against Team Australia during the Women's Gold Medal Match on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: April Ross #1
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: April Ross #1 of Team United States returns the ball against Team Australia during the Women's Gold Medal Match on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Mariafe Artacho del Solar, of Australia, dives for
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Mariafe Artacho del Solar, of Australia, dives for the ball during a women's beach volleyball Gold Medal match against the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: April Ross #1
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: April Ross #1 and Alix Klineman #2 of Team United States celebrate while competing against Team Australia during the Women's Gold Medal Match on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Alix Klineman, of the United States, celebrates a
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Alix Klineman, of the United States, celebrates a play during a women's beach volleyball Gold Medal match against Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: April Ross #1
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 06: April Ross #1 and Alix Klineman #2 of Team United States celebrate while competing against Team Australia during the Women's Gold Medal Match on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

USA's April Ross appears before their women's beach
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USA's April Ross appears before their women's beach volleyball final match between Australia and the USA during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 6, 2021. (Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

USA's Alix Klineman appears before their women's beach
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USA's Alix Klineman appears before their women's beach volleyball final match between Australia and the USA during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 6, 2021. (Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

USA's April Ross (L) hugs partner Alix Klineman
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USA's April Ross (L) hugs partner Alix Klineman in their women's beach volleyball final match between Australia and the USA during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 6, 2021. (Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

USA's April Ross (R) gestures to partner Alix
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USA's April Ross (R) gestures to partner Alix Klineman in their women's beach volleyball final match between Australia and the USA during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 6, 2021. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

USA's Alix Klineman reacts in their women's beach
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USA's Alix Klineman reacts in their women's beach volleyball final match between Australia and the USA during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 6, 2021. (Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

USA's Alix Klineman reacts with partner April Ross
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USA's Alix Klineman reacts with partner April Ross (L) in their women's beach volleyball final match between Australia and the USA during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Shiokaze Park in Tokyo on August 6, 2021. (Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Editorial use only. NO ARCHIVING, , IMAGES TO
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Editorial use only. NO ARCHIVING, , IMAGES TO BE USED FOR NEWS REPORTING PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE WHATSOEVER, NO USE IN BOOKS WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT FROM AAPMandatory Credit: Photo by JOE GIDDENS/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (12250157k)Taliqua Clancy (L) and Mariafe Artacho de Solar of Australia celebrate a point during the Women's Final Beach Volleyball match between Australia and USA of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at the Shiokaze Park in Tokyo, Japan, 06 August 2021.Olympic Games 2020 Beach Volleyball, Tokyo, Australia - 06 Aug 2021

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