Olympics: Brazil’s Silva, França win bronze in beach volleyball

By Dialogo
August 09, 2012

LONDON – Here’s what you might have missed in recent Olympic action:
Brazil’s women’s beach volleyball: The top-seeded duo of Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa França claimed the bronze medal with a 2-1 win over China. Brazil dropped the first set, but rallied to claim the final two, including a 15-12 win in the third set.
Brazil’s men’s indoor volleyball: The team reached the semifinals by dominating rival Argentina in a 3-0 win. Brazil, one of the favorites to claim the gold medal, will face Italy on Aug. 10. Italy defeated the United States, 3-0.
Argentina’s women’s field hockey: The team advanced to the gold medal game on Aug. 10 with a 2-1 win over Great Britain. Argentina will face the Netherlands, which defeated New Zealand 3-1 on penalty strokes after the teams played to a 2-2 draw.
Men’s 200-meter dash: Jamaicans Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt and Warren Weir and Ecuador’s Alex Quiñones all advanced to the final on Aug. 9 after posting top-eight times in the semifinals. Bolt is the defending champion.
Here’s what you should keep an eye on Aug. 10:
Men’s 10-kilometer freestyle marathon swim: Two South Americans are set to contend for a medal in the grueling event. Ecuador’s Iván Enderica and Venezuela’s Erwin Maldonado will compete for a spot on the medal podium.
Women’s sailing: Brazilian sailors Fernanda Oliveira and Ana Luíza Barbachan were one of just 10 teams that qualified for the medal race in the 470 class of the fleet racing competition at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
Women’s hammer throw: Cuba’s Yipsi Moreno advanced to the event’s finals with a toss of 73.95 meters. Moreno likely will have to crack 74.5 meters in order to medal.