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Rio Olympics: Germany’s Laura Ludwig, Kira Walkenhorst upset Brazil’s Agatha, Barbara for Gold

Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany celebrate

Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany celebrate winning gold during the Beach Volleyball Women's Gold medal match against Agatha Bednarczuk Rippel of Brazil and Barbara Seixas de Freitas of Brazil on day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Credit: Getty Images / Quinn Rooney

RIO DE JANEIRO — Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst have won the beach volleyball gold medal, handing the host nation its second straight medal-round setback on the Copacabana sand.

The 21-18, 21-14 victory gave Germany its first medal in women’s beach volleyball, just four years after the German men took the top spot on the Olympic podium in London. Brazil’s Agatha and Barbara, the reigning world champions, took silver.

The game followed a bronze medal match in which Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross beat Brazil’s other women’s team, Larissa and Talita.

The hosts still have a chance for a gold medal when Alison and Bruno play Italy in the men’s championship on Thursday.

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