It looked easy. Way too easy. In what may be her last Summer Games with her current partner (Misty May-Treanor), Kerri Walsh claimed her third straight Beach Volleyball victory in resounding fashion, smashing fellow Americans Jen Kessy and April Ross, 21-16, 21-16, to close out an utterly dominating campaign in London. The long-time monster duo, combining stellar ball control, power and stature, demonstrated why they’ve been the class of the sport over such a long period of time. “I’m really proud of finishing the journey with Misty the way we finished it,” Kerri said, with tears visibly forming.
The dynamic Gold Medal duo is back in form. Oakley’s two-time defending Olympic Champion Kerri Walsh and her long-time partner Misty May-Treanor smashed their way to their third gold of the season at the FIVB Grand Slam in Klaganfurt, Austria – topping the tough Chinese duo of Xue Chen and Zhang Xi in straight sets (21-14, 26-24). The triumph marks the two bombers’ 38th World Tour career victory and their fifth title in the Klagenfurt Tournament.
O Showdown: Beach Volleyball Stars Larissa & Juliana Top Walsh & May at FIVB World Championships in Rome
There was fierce firepower on both sides of the net. The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships went down in Rome with the powerful Oakley Brazilian duo of Larissa Franca and Juliana Silva facing off against fellow Olympic Star Kerri Walsh and her partner Misty May-Treanor. And as expected, it was a battle to the end. But the South American pair edged their American counterparts, 21-17, 13-21, 16-14, to claim their first Gold in the ancient city. The vibrant Brazilians lost twice in the World Championship Finals up to this year, including 2005 when they ran up against the wall that was May-Treanor and Walsh. They also secured a bronze medal in 2007. But this year, they were in form and a handful for anyone on the Planet to face.