Brooke and Kerri win the gold in Jinjiang


JINJIANG, China, May 26, 2019 – It’s gold for USA’s Brooke Sweat and Kerri Walsh Jennings defeating Australia’s Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho in a straight sets win at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Jinjiang 2019. Bronze goes to Ana Patricia/Rebecca after they beat Agatha/Duda in the all Brazilian bronze medal match. 


Sweat collects her first FIVB World Tour gold medal in Jinjiang and Walsh Jennings returns to the top of the podium for the first time since 2016.


“It’s been so long, it just feels good, it feels good to play well as a team, it feels good to improve, it feels so good to finish on top. The world is so good at volleyball so you have to be the best on that day to win and we played great and it was so fun,” said Walsh Jennings.


“It’s my first gold, so to get it with Kerri in such a great tournament, we played some great teams. I’m so excited and looking forward to more,” said Sweat.


Sweat/Walsh Jennings have been on fighting form in Jinjiang with the USA team dropping only one set, against Brazil’s Agatha/Duda in the morning semifinal. Sweat/Walsh Jennings had already defeated Clancy/Artacho Del Solar in Jinjiang pool play and it was a similar display in the final with USA finding all the right sweet spots on the court, 2-0 (21-17, 21-19).


“The Aussies are so good, they’re so athletic and physical and they use their athleticism against you. I feel like we had to play well, we made a couple of mistakes here and there and let them back in a couple of times, but when you keep the ball in play, you always have a chance, but they are so good. We’re getting better and it feels great,” said Walsh Jennings.


Sweat and Walsh Jennings only began as a team at the beginning of the 2018 - 2019 season and this is already their fourth medal after claiming bronze in Chetumal 3-Star and Sydney 3-Star and silver in the Kuala Lumpur 3-Star earlier this month. 


Walsh Jennings won her 700th FIVB World Tour match in the quarterfinals of Jinjiang and at 40 years old is the oldest female player to earn an FIVB World Tour gold. The decorated athlete is a three-time Olympic champion, who also won bronze in Rio 2016 and the Sweat/Walsh Jennings partnership now have their sights on Tokyo 2020. 


“We’re crawling our way up the ranks, not just with the world, but the US teams too. We just want to keep going and as long as we keep getting better and better, we’re not going to be worried about points. But it’s awesome now and we will get back to work again soon,” said Brooke.