Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor Win Third Consecutive Olympic Gold

By: Leslie Dobbins
August 08 2012 6:16 PM

Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor made history on Wednesday, becoming the first women to earn three consecutive gold medals in the Olympic beach volleyball event.

The duo took on fellow US team members April Ross and Jennifer Kessey, in a match that some might say had the veterans passing the torch over to newcomers Ross and Kessey. May-Treanor has said that London would be her last Olympic run. However, there’s no word if Walsh Jennings plans to retire as well.

Walsh and Treanor took a 21-16 victory in both sets, extending their Olympic win streak to 21 consecutive games and 42 of 43 total sets.

According to ABC News, since beach volleyball made its debut at the 1996 Atlanta games, the US team has won six of the nine gold medals awarded in the sport.

Over on the track, veteran Allyson Felix finally won gold in the 200m, successfully pulling off an upset over two-time 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica.

The winning time was a speedy 21.88 seconds.

Felix won silver medals in 2004 and 2008. 

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