The American beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson has been eliminated from the Olympics on a tiebreaker.
The U.S. pair would have advanced if they had given up seven fewer points — just one point per set over three matches at the Copacabana venue.
The U.S. pair lost to Spain on Wednesday morning to fall to 1-2. When Qatar beat Austria later in the day, the Americans fell into a last-place tie in their pool.
The first tiebreaker is point ratio. The Americans gave up 126 points and scored 125. The Austrians scored 145 and allowed 140.
It’s the first U.S men’s team to fail to advance out of pool play since the 2004 Games in Athens.