Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst swept Barbara and Agatha to take gold in women’s beach volleyball.
Fourth-seeded Ludwig, Walkenhorst boasted a strong showing in their international debut in 2013 but faced a major setback when Walkenhorst was diagnosed with a viral infection and was forced to take time off from competition. The pair reunited in 2015 and were in peak form by the start of the 2016 season. The pair won four FIVB World Tour events in the 2016 season ahead of the Games.
The German women will join London Olympians Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann as Germany’s only beach volleyball medalists.