BEIJING -- The United States men`s volleyball team turned tragedy into triumph in Beijing by defeating defending champion Brazil 3-1 for the Olympic gold medal.
US player Lloy Ball celebrates a point against Brazil during the men`s volleyball gold medal match in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 24, 2008. [Agencies]
With the 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 victory Sunday, the US team went undefeated in the competition. It is their third gold medal in the sport.
Brazil, the top-ranked team in the world and two-time gold medalists, settled for the silver.
The incredible US run came after coach Hugh McCutcheon`s father-in-law was fatally stabbed in Beijing the day before competition started. McCutcheon missed the team`s first three games to be with his family.
Brazil`s Sergio Santos (C) and teammates celebrate a point against the US during the men`s volleyball gold medal math in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 24, 2008. [Agencies]