Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Olympics Notes: U.S. Women Take Bronze in Volleyball

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Olympics Notes: U.S. Women Take Bronze in Volleyball

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U.S. women take bronze in volleyball

The top-ranked U.S. women's volleyball team has earned an Olympic bronze medal, hardly the color the Americans planned for when they came to Brazil chasing the program's first gold in history.

The U.S. topped the Netherlands 25-23, 25-27, 25-22, 25-19 Saturday, bouncing back for bronze two days after a heartbreaking five-set defeat to Serbia in the semifinals.

After Kim Hill's ace on match point, the U.S. women fell into an embrace and coach Karch Kiraly hugged his assistants and brought his team together for a cheer.

"I ... never had any understanding of how good a bronze medal could feel, and it feels incredible right now. We're so happy to finish this tournament on this note," Kiraly said.

In the gold-medal match, China rallied from one set down to defeat Serbia. The 19-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 win means China's coach Jenny Lang Ping became the first person to win volleyball gold as a coach and player.

More diving gold for China * China won its seventh gold in eight diving events, showing off the superpower's depth with a less heralded champion in men's 10-meter platform.

Chen Aisen claimed the title with 585.30 points, displaying the greatest consistency throughout the six-round contest. He had never won a major international 10-meter individual title, having more success in synchronized platform, winning gold in Rio and at last year's world championships.

Russia's got rhythm * Russia's dominance in rhythmic gymnastics remains strong. Yana Kudryavtseva's dominance of the sport's big- time meets, however, is over.

Margarita Mamun ended her Russian teammate's long run in major international competition during the Olympic all-around final, taking advantage when a rare mistake by Kudryavtseva gave Mamun enough room to squeak by and wrest the gold from the three-time world champion. …

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