The 19-year-old American completed an extraordinary stretch that included a team gold for the "Final Five" as well as individual golds in the all-around and vault and bronze on balance beam. Seixas and Bednarczuk handed Walsh-Jennings, the three-time defending gold medalist, her first Olympic loss on sand (she finished fourth as a member of the USA indoor team in Sydney in 2000).
Walsh Jennings and Ross entered the Olympics as the No. 3 seed and rolled into the semifinals, losing one set in their first five victories. The U.S. had claimed gold on every day of the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
Taking her mark, the 16-year-old gave the judges a confident wink before flipping and tumbling to a gold medal win for the women's gymnastics team final. The Rio Olympics marked the first time she and April have played together. "I say that with so much respect for them - they're very, very good". I've learned this lesson the hard way, many, many times. "Volleyball will kind of be the foundation of it, but we want to talk about character and team-building and what it takes to be great in life", she said.
Ferrari performed beautifully but struggled with her landing of her last pass.
Germany's Laura Ludwig, right, spikes over Brazil's Talita Rocha during a women's beach volleyball semifinal match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. "My brain is empty", said Deng, who won bronze with China in the men's team event in which the two-time champions lost their title to Japan. The Brazil men are still alive, however, and play a soccer semifinal match against Honduras on Wednesday.
Tuesday's live coverage of track and field finals features men's high jump, the women's 1500m and men's 110m hurdles.
State media and internet users had already begun to go easy on the athletes, who are cultivated from young through a sophisticated government-sponsored sports school system, after few medals were won in the first few days of the Olympics.
"Since the start of these Games we've been able to grow in each match, improving our concentration, our accuracy, and I think that made the difference".
"We know we had to fight with a three-time gold medal victor".
Ludwig and Walkenhorst have won four of five global matches with Agatha and Barbara, including gold medal wins at the 2015 Yokohama Grand Slam in Japan and two months ago at the smart Hamburg Major in Germany.
There was a slight blip in the champion's preparations when he took to social media to defend himself from criticism after he was pictured wearing a Canada cap to support his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who took bronze in the women's heptathlon.
It's nearly time to put away our Olympic bat and balls as the table tennis concludes on day 12 with the men's team medal matches.