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Russia defeat Brazil for Oly volley gold
02:00 AEST Mon Aug 13 2012

Russia won the gold medal for the first time since 1980 with a come-from-behind five-set victory over Brazil on Sunday in the Olympic men's volleyball final.

Second-ranked Russia dropped the first two sets before denying top-ranked Brazil match point twice to spark a comeback in the 19-25, 20-25, 29-27, 25-22, 15-9 victory, paced by middle blocker Dmitriy Muserskiy with 31 points.

The Russians thought they'd won it on Muserskiy's kill in the fifth set and began to celebrate, but the officials awarded the point to Brazil. After regrouping, Muserskiy came right back to spike match point.

The win gives the Russians four gold medals in volleyball, most of any nation. But the last time Russia was atop the podium was at Moscow, when the former Soviet Union won gold on home soil.

Russia's victory denied Brazil a dual gold with its women's team, which beat the United States a day before in their Olympic final at Earls Court.

After thwarting Brazil in the third set, Russia rode the momentum in the fifth, going up 8-4 on Maxim Mikhaylov's kill.

Wallace de Souza led Brazil with 27 points.

Italy won their fourth men's volleyball medal in the last five Olympics by beating Bulgaria for the bronze earlier on Sunday.

The Italians won 25-19, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, with captain Cristian Savani scoring a game-high 23 points.

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