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London Olympics 2012: Beach Volleyball

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Misty May-Treanor reacts during the quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics Sunday in London. (Aug. 5, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

Photos from the 2012 Olympic men's and women's beach volleyball competitions, from the first round to the medal stages.
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China's Xue Chen, left, and Xi Zhang, right,
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China's Xue Chen, left, and Xi Zhang, right, react during their quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against Austria at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Stefanie Schwaiger of Austria plays a ball during
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Stefanie Schwaiger of Austria plays a ball during a beach volleyball match against China at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

China's Xi Zhang dusts off sand from her
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China's Xi Zhang dusts off sand from her hands during the quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against Austria at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Austria's Stefanie Schwaiger react during the quarterfinal women's
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Austria's Stefanie Schwaiger react during the quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against China at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Xue Chen of China sets the ball for
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Xue Chen of China sets the ball for her teammate Zhang Xi during a beach volleyball match against Austria at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Austria's Stefanie Schwaiger fails to return a ball
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Austria's Stefanie Schwaiger fails to return a ball during the quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against China at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Xue Chen from China eyes a ball during
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Xue Chen from China eyes a ball during the quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against Austria at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Italy's Marta Menegatti, right, and Greta Cicolari, left,
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Italy's Marta Menegatti, right, and Greta Cicolari, left, react during their quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Italy's Marta Menegatti dives for a ball during
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Italy's Marta Menegatti dives for a ball during the quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Misty May-Treanor of US hits a ball during
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Misty May-Treanor of US hits a ball during the quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Misty May-Treanor, left, and Kerri Walsh Jennings, right,
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Misty May-Treanor, left, and Kerri Walsh Jennings, right, react during the quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Kerri Walsh of the United States sets the
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Kerri Walsh of the United States sets the ball during a beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

US Kerri Walsch reaches for a ball during
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US Kerri Walsch reaches for a ball during the quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Misty May-Treanor reacts during the quarterfinal women's beach
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Misty May-Treanor reacts during the quarterfinal women's beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics Sunday in London. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Julius Brink, left, and Jonas Reckermann react during
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Julius Brink, left, and Jonas Reckermann react during the Beach Volleyball match against Latvia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Liliana Fernandez from Spain reaches for a ball
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Liliana Fernandez from Spain reaches for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Marta Menegatti of Italy digs out a ball
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Marta Menegatti of Italy digs out a ball during a beach volleyball match against Spain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Elsa Baquerizo, left, and Liliana Fernandez of Spain
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Elsa Baquerizo, left, and Liliana Fernandez of Spain go for the ball during a two set loss to Italy in a beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Liliana Fernandez of Spain sets the ball during
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Liliana Fernandez of Spain sets the ball during a beach volleyball match against Italy at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Marta Menegatti, front, of Italy and teammate Greta
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Marta Menegatti, front, of Italy and teammate Greta Cicolari react following a two-set win over Spain during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug 4., 2012)

Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia serves the ball to
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Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia serves the ball to Germany during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Ruslans Sorokins of Latvia digs out a ball
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Ruslans Sorokins of Latvia digs out a ball during a beach volleyball match against Germany at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia reacts after missing a
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Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia reacts after missing a dig in a two set loss to Germany during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Russia's Maxim Mikhaylov, right, spikes the ball past
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Russia's Maxim Mikhaylov, right, spikes the ball past United States' Clayton Stanley during a men's preliminary volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Ruslans Sorokins from Latvia dives for a ball
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Ruslans Sorokins from Latvia dives for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Germany at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Julius Brink from Germany dives for a ball
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Julius Brink from Germany dives for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Latvia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Julius Brink from Germany reaches for a ball
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Julius Brink from Germany reaches for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Latvia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Aleksandrs Samoilovs from Latvia dives for a ball
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Aleksandrs Samoilovs from Latvia dives for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Germany at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Julius Brink from Germany eyes a ball during
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Julius Brink from Germany eyes a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Latvia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Jonas Reckermann, left, from Germany and Aleksandrs Samoilovs
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Jonas Reckermann, left, from Germany and Aleksandrs Samoilovs from Latvia react during the Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday in London. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Illka Semmler of Germany reacts near the end
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Illka Semmler of Germany reacts near the end of a two set loss to the other German team during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Laura Ludwig of Germany reacts during a beach
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Laura Ludwig of Germany reacts during a beach volleyball match against the other German team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Dancers perform in the crowd during a beach
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Dancers perform in the crowd during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Sara Goller from Germany serves a ball to
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Sara Goller from Germany serves a ball to the other Germany's team during their Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Sara Goller of Germany serves during a beach
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Sara Goller of Germany serves during a beach volleyball match against the other German team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Sascha Heyer from Switzerland reacts during the Beach
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Sascha Heyer from Switzerland reacts during the Beach Volleyball match against Poland at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Sara Goller, left, of Germany battles Illka Semmler,
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Sara Goller, left, of Germany battles Illka Semmler, also of Germany, during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Sascha Heyer of Switzerland yells to the crowd
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Sascha Heyer of Switzerland yells to the crowd during a beach volleyball match against Poland at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Sebastian Chevallier of Switzerland kicks sand in the
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Sebastian Chevallier of Switzerland kicks sand in the air to check the wind before serving to Poland during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Laura Ludwig of Germany plays a spiked ball
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Laura Ludwig of Germany plays a spiked ball during a beach volleyball match against another German team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Laura Ludwig of Germany reacts after a win
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Laura Ludwig of Germany reacts after a win over the other Germany team during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. At rear is Katrin Holtwick of Germany thanking the crowd. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Tarjei Skarlund of Norway argues a call during
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Tarjei Skarlund of Norway argues a call during a beach volleyball match against Latvia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Tarjei Skarlund of Norway digs out a ball
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Tarjei Skarlund of Norway digs out a ball during a beach volleyball match against Latvia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Martins Plavins of Latvia digs out a ball
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Martins Plavins of Latvia digs out a ball during a two set win over Norway during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Martin Spinnangr of Norway lies in the sand
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Martin Spinnangr of Norway lies in the sand near the end of a two set loss to Latvia during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Janis Smedins, left, from Latvia tries to block
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Janis Smedins, left, from Latvia tries to block Martin Spinnangr, right, from Norway during the Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Anna Gallay of Argentina reacts during a beach
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Anna Gallay of Argentina reacts during a beach volleyball match against the Netherlands at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 2, 2012)

United States' Todd Rogers returns the ball during
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United States' Todd Rogers returns the ball during a beach volleyball match against Czech Republic at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Spain's Elsa Baquerizo, left, looks on as United
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Spain's Elsa Baquerizo, left, looks on as United States' Jennifer Kessy reacts after making a shot during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Sanne Keizer of the Netherlands celebrates after a
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Sanne Keizer of the Netherlands celebrates after a win over Argentina during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 2, 2012)

United States' Phil Dalhausser looks on after missing
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United States' Phil Dalhausser looks on after missing a shot against Czech Republic's Petr Benes and Premysl Kubala during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Maria Zonta of Argentina reacts during a loss
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Maria Zonta of Argentina reacts during a loss to the Netherlands in a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Maria Zonta of Argentina reacts during a loss
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Maria Zonta of Argentina reacts during a loss to the Netherlands in a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Nadine Zumkehr From Switzerland dives for a ball
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Nadine Zumkehr From Switzerland dives for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Russia at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Anastasia Vasina from Russia reacts during the Beach
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Anastasia Vasina from Russia reacts during the Beach Volleyball match against Switzerland at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Wu Penggen from China plays with sand during
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Wu Penggen from China plays with sand during the Beach Volleyball match against Russia at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Konstantin Semonov from Russia reaches for a ball
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Konstantin Semonov from Russia reaches for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against China at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Katrin Holtwick, left, from Germany celebrates with her
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Katrin Holtwick, left, from Germany celebrates with her teammate Illka Semmler, right, after defeating Mauritius in their Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Laura Ludwig of Germany reacts during a loss
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Laura Ludwig of Germany reacts during a loss to Brazil in a beach volleyball match against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012)

Maria Antonelli from Brazil celebrates during the Beach
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Maria Antonelli from Brazil celebrates during the Beach Volleyball match against Germany at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012)

Talita Antunes, left, from Brazil blocks Sara Goller,
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Talita Antunes, left, from Brazil blocks Sara Goller, right, from Germany during their Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012)

Argentina's Maria Zonta digs reacts during a loss
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Argentina's Maria Zonta digs reacts during a loss Spain in a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012)

Laura Ludwig from Germany reacts during the Beach
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Laura Ludwig from Germany reacts during the Beach Volleyball match against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012)

Elsa Baquerizo, right, and Liliana Fernandez, left, from
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Elsa Baquerizo, right, and Liliana Fernandez, left, from Spain react during their Beach Volleyball match against Argentina at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012)

Sascha Heyer of Switzerland cheers after beating Russia
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Sascha Heyer of Switzerland cheers after beating Russia during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 30, 2012)

Konstantin Semenov of Russia dives for a spiked
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Konstantin Semenov of Russia dives for a spiked ball near the end of a loss to Switzerland during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 30, 2012)

Iika Semmler of Germany strikes a graceful pose
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Iika Semmler of Germany strikes a graceful pose as she returns the ball during a beach volleyball match against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 30, 2012)

Brazil's Juliana Silva spikes the ball over Mauritius'
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Brazil's Juliana Silva spikes the ball over Mauritius' Elodie Li Yuk Lo during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 28, 2012)

Juliana Silva, left, from Brazil tries to block
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Juliana Silva, left, from Brazil tries to block Alodie Li Yuk Lo, right, and Natacha Rigobert, center, both from Mauritius. (July 28, 2012)

Jacob Gibb of the United States walks off
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Jacob Gibb of the United States walks off the court after being upset by Poland during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 30, 2012)

Kerri Walsh Jennings, right, and Misty May-Treanor, left,
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Kerri Walsh Jennings, right, and Misty May-Treanor, left, of US celebrate victory after their beach volleyball match against Czech Republic at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 31, 2012)

Great Britain's Zara Dampney sets the ball during
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Great Britain's Zara Dampney sets the ball during a beach volleyball match against Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Louise Bawden of Australia dives for the ball
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Louise Bawden of Australia dives for the ball during a women's beach volleyball preliminary match between Germany and Australia on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (July 29, 2012)

Laura Ludwig (L) and Sara Goller of Germany
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Laura Ludwig (L) and Sara Goller of Germany celebrate during a women's beach volleyball preliminary match between Germany and Australia on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (July 29, 2012)

Zara Dampney from Great Britain dives for a
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Zara Dampney from Great Britain dives for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Laura Ludwig (L) and Sara Goller of Germany
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Laura Ludwig (L) and Sara Goller of Germany celebrate during a women's beach volleyball preliminary match between Germany and Australia on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (July 29, 2012)

Marie-Andree Lessard of Canada lies in the sand
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Marie-Andree Lessard of Canada lies in the sand after missing a shot during a beach volleyball match against Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Great Britain's Shauna Mullin, left, and Zara Dampney
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Great Britain's Shauna Mullin, left, and Zara Dampney embrace after they beat Canada during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Spain's Liliana Fernandez sets the ball during a
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Spain's Liliana Fernandez sets the ball during a beach volleyball match against the Netherlands at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Spain's Liliana Fernandez dives to make a save
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Spain's Liliana Fernandez dives to make a save during a beach volleyball match against the Netherlands at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Great Britain's Zara Dampney sets the ball during
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Great Britain's Zara Dampney sets the ball during a beach volleyball match against Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Annie Martin, right, and Marie-Andree Lessard, right, from
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Annie Martin, right, and Marie-Andree Lessard, right, from Canada reach for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Jonathan Erdmann, right, and Kay Matysik, left, from
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Jonathan Erdmann, right, and Kay Matysik, left, from Germany react during the Beach Volleyball match against Latvia at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Great Britain's Shauna Mullin, front, and Zara Dampney
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Great Britain's Shauna Mullin, front, and Zara Dampney thank the crowd after they beat Canada during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

The Netherlands Reinder Nummerdor (1) and teammate Rich
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The Netherlands Reinder Nummerdor (1) and teammate Rich Schuil react at the end of a beach volleyball match against Venezuela at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Latvia's Martins Plavins digs out a shot as
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Latvia's Martins Plavins digs out a shot as teammate Janis Smedins watches in a win over Germany in a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Marie-Andree Lessard of Canada returns a shot as
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Marie-Andree Lessard of Canada returns a shot as teammate Annie Martin watches during a beach volleyball match against Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Annie Martin from Canada dives for a ball
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Annie Martin from Canada dives for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Marie-Andree Lessard of Canada lies in the sand
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Marie-Andree Lessard of Canada lies in the sand after missing a shot during a beach volleyball match against Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Annie Martin from Canada dives for a ball
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Annie Martin from Canada dives for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Jesus Villafane Vez from Venezuela reacts during the
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Jesus Villafane Vez from Venezuela reacts during the Beach Volleyball match against Netherlands at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Marie-Andree Lessard of Canada lies in the sand
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Marie-Andree Lessard of Canada lies in the sand after missing a shot during a beach volleyball match against Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Great Britain's Shauna Mullin, left, and Zara Dampney
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Great Britain's Shauna Mullin, left, and Zara Dampney embrace after they beat Canada during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Great Britain's Shauna Mullin, left, and Zara Dampney
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Great Britain's Shauna Mullin, left, and Zara Dampney embrace after they beat Canada during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Germany's Jonathan Erdmann blocks the shot of Latvia's
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Germany's Jonathan Erdmann blocks the shot of Latvia's Martins Plavins during a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

Juliana Silva, left, from Brazil tries to block
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Juliana Silva, left, from Brazil tries to block Elodie Li Yuk Lo, right, and Natacha Rigobert, center, both from Mauritius during their Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics. (July 29, 2012)

United States' Sean Rosenthal makes a dig during
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United States' Sean Rosenthal makes a dig during a beach volleyball match against the Republic of South Africa at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

Juliana Silva from Brazil serves a ball to
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Juliana Silva from Brazil serves a ball to team Mauritius during the Beach Volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

Josh Binstock from Canada reaches for a ball
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Josh Binstock from Canada reaches for a ball during the Beach Volleyball match against Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 28, 2012)

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