Silver linings for remarkable Australian Olympic beach volleyball campaign in Tokyo
Australia’s beach volleyballers had a history-making Tokyo Olympics that thrilled and inspired fans around the world.
Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy had a remarkable Olympic campaign, winning silver to earn Australia’s first Olympic medal in the event since Sydney 2000 and just our third medal ever.
Damien Schumann and Chris McHugh achieved a milestone before stepping on the sand in Tokyo, becoming Australia’s first male beach volleyballers to compete at an Olympics since Beijing 2008 after qualifying through the continental cup.
Clancy and Artacho’s campaign built throughout the two week tournament, progressing through the pool stages with wins over Cuba and Italy before a tough 2-1 loss to Russian Olympic Committee saw them through to the round of 16 as second in their pool.