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Larissa and Talita dominate women’s final to win gold and replicate men's triumph.
The Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series again showcased the best of Brazil with #larissafrancamaestrini and #talitadarochaantunes overcoming Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda "Duda" Santos Lisboa 21-15, 21-18.
Six heated days of #competition came to a close in front of a capacity crowd with thousands of fans flocking to Fort Lauderdale Beach throughout the week to see Olympians and legends of the sport up close.
For Larissa, it was a 60th career title since 2004, the most in women’s beach volleyball history.
She said afterwards: "It was a very tough match and difficult to play against another Brazilian team we're so familiar with, but the crowd were great.
"The #people of Fort Lauderdale love their beach volleyball and they made it memorable for me."
The road to gold did not start well for the No. 2 seeds as they dropped their first match of the tournament in Pool Play. However, they responded by powering through six straight matches without dropping a set.
Agatha and rising star ‘Duda’ also had a captivating run to the final, edging three set matches in the Round of 16, quarter-final and semi-final before eventually falling to their more experienced compatriots.
Julia Sude and Chantal Laboureur of Germany took the bronze medal by defeating American duo Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross 21-14, 21-14.
On Saturday, Brazil again dominated the final showdown with Saymon Barbosa and Alvaro Filho beating Evandro Oliveira and Andre Loyola to the men's title.
Final Ranking Fort Lauderdale Major
1. BRA – Larissa/Talita Antunes
2. BRA – Agatha/Eduarda
3. GER – Laboureur/Sude
4. USA – Sweat/Ross S.
1. BRA – Álvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa
2. BRA – Evandro/Andre Loyola
3. USA – Lucena/Dalhausser
4. USA – Hyden/Doherty
About Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series
Since 2015, the Swatch Major Series has showcased the best athletes in the world of beach volleyball. A joint venture between Red Bull and Hannes Jagerhofer and supported by the FIVB, the series has rapidly expanded to become one of beach volleyball’s pinnacle events. In 2017, the stars will again dig, dive, serve, and spike their way to victory in a number of fantastic tournaments around the world. The next Swatch Major Series stop will kick off on June 27 in Poreč (CRO
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