Head over heels
Brazilian players celebrate after winning the women's volleyball gold medal match against the United States.
Brazilian players celebrate after winning the women's volleyball gold medal match against the United States. The Brazilian team produced a dazzling comeback to stage victory. When Fernanda Rodrigues arched her back and delivered the final blow to defeat a deflated US, the roof of the Earls Court area was almost blown off by an eruption of joy. "This is a wonderful feeling, it's amazing," said coach Jose Guimaraes, whose side were atrocious in losing the first set 25-11 before storming back to repeat their final victory over the US in Beijing four years ago. "Last year we lost every match against them. The US were favourites but after the first set we were really wonderful." He even could even afford a little dig at the soccer team's failure to win gold after Mexico beat them 2-1 in the final at Wembley. "Soccer in Brazil is not a sport, it is a religion, so volleyball is the first sport in Brazil," he said. Photo: Xinhua