July 30, 2021

Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar will play on in the Tokyo Olympic volleyball competition, despite their shock preliminary round loss to a Russian duo on Friday.

The Aussies started slowly against Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina, losing the first set 21-8.

However, they rallied to take the second set comfortably, 21-15.

This forced the match to a third set with the winner being the team to reach 15 points first.

Unfortunately, the Russians made the target ahead of the Australian pair, finishing ahead 15-12.

Clancy and Artacho del Solar will go through to the next round of the competition, although the draw is yet to be decided.

The Olympic beach volleyball is being played at Shiokaze Park, next to Tokyo Bay.

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