Olympics: 'Mammoth' Leads Brazil To Beach Volleyball Gold

Olympics: 'Mammoth' leads Brazil to beach volleyball gold

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 19th Augst,2016) - Alison "The Mammoth" Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt sparked wild scenes at a rain-soaked Copacabana stadium as they powered to men's beach volleyball gold at the Rio Olympics on Friday. The hulking, 6ft 8ins (2.03m) Cerutti, a losing finalist in 2012, and his new partner Schmidt thumped Italy's Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo 21-19, 21-17, prompting joyous celebrations. Brazil's public has shown signs of ambivalence toward the Olympics but the country can now celebrate a fifth gold medal, sealed at its most famous beach.

"It's incredible. This is place is like the Maracana of beach volleyball," Cerutti said, comparing the Copacabana venue to Rio's iconic football stadium. "I have no words to describe what I feel." After the win, Cerutti leapt head-first into the stands to celebrate with friends and family, and wept tears of joy -- just as he did when he won the silver medal in 2012. "I wept in London and I wept here. Both times were because I've won an Olympic medal," he said. "We're a select group, not many Brazilians have an Olympic medal." Wet conditions and a midnight start failed to dampen spirits at Copacabana's packed-out temporary stadium, where fans donned plastic ponchos and samba dancers jiggled in the rain.