Four-time Olympian Jake Gibb retires after beach volleyball loss to Germany – the New Indian Express


By Associated press

TOKYO: Jake Gibb lingered on the sands of the Shiokaze Park beach volleyball court to say goodbye after his fourth trip to the Olympics ended.

To his temporary teammate, Tri Bourne.

And to international competition, for good.

“I was just enjoying the moment, and I was just enjoying this stage, the energy – I was just taking it one last time,” Gibb said Monday night after he and Bourne were knocked out with a loss to Germany in the round 16. “I was just, I guess, letting go, in a way.”

A day after 2008 gold medalist Phil Dalhausser announced his retirement, Gibb, 45, said he would join fellow quadruple Olympian on the sidelines.

“I’m done,” Gibb said. “I’m going to come home and play some AVP tournaments. I am going to coach my children’s football games.

Bourne was a last-minute exchange after Gibb’s original partner Taylor Crabb tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Japan. The shotgun partnership only had three practices before their first game, but they managed to come out of the group with a 2-1 record.

“For me, I just feel lucky,” said Bourne, a first-time Olympian. “It’s been such a crazy time for them, but a huge opportunity for me. So I want to be respectful, because they deserved the place and they are going through a lot. But they hugged me and gave me the opportunity to come and do what I love and try to see what I could do on the biggest stage.

Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler beat Bourne and Gibb 17-21, 21-15, 15-11 to advance to the quarter-finals. They will face the Russians Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy.

The Americans trailed 16-14 in the first set before scoring seven of the next eight points. After losing the second 21-15, they fell 12-6 behind in the third and were only able to come back to three points.

“I’m sad Taylor isn’t here with me, and I’m also proud of Tri for stepping in,” Gibb said. “It was a trip we took together and props to this guy for stepping in under weird and weird circumstances and just playing an amazing ball.”

In the other men’s category, defending champion Alison and partner Alvaro Filho of Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals by beating Mexico. Alison’s partner for their home win in Rio de Janeiro, Bruno Oscar Schmidt, and his partner Evandro were eliminated by Latvia.

2016 silver medalists Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai from Italy beat Poland. Russians Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy beat Spain, and Russians Ilya Leshukov and Konstantin Semenov beat Chile.


Naomi C. Amerson