Whilst the eventual winners of the men’s Olympic beach
volleyball competition at London 2012 came as something of a
surprise, undoubtedly the biggest shock of the tournament was
the elimination of the defending champions from USA, Todd
Rogers and Phil Dalhausser.
Despite being seeded second behind Emanuel and Alison, they had
come into the Olympics as many people’s favourites. So no one was
prepared for it when Italian lucky losers Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo
dumped them out of the round of 16 in straight sets.
For Rogers and Dalhausser it was a disappointing end to their title
defence. They threatened to come back in the second set, but the
Italians had done enough to keep them at arm’s length.
“People say they are the new Phil and Todd and they out-Phil and
Todded us tonight,” Rogers said immediately afterwards. “They
pushed us hard when there were crucial points. I’m bummed this is my
last Olympics, I won’t be going on to Rio.”
Costa Rica were coached by Xavier Perales, from Argentina
Dominican Republic are coached by the Brazilian Marcos Kwiek
of the road
Phil Dalhausser, who has announced that he will partner
Sean Rosenthal next season
The 2008 Olympic champions found it hard to defend their title in London