2012 Summer Olympics: Brazil, Germany Advance To Men's Beach Volleyball Final

The men's beach volleyball semifinals were completed on Tuesday in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics, as the gold and bronze medal rounds were set.

In the first semifinal round, the Brazilian team, composed of Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego, were able to defeat Latvia in straight sets, 21-15, 22-20, in about 40 minutes of action.

Germany was also able to pick up a win in straight sets, as Jonas Reckermann and Julius Brink were able to defeat the Netherlands 21-14, 21-16 in under 40 minutes. Germany will now face off against Brazil in the gold medal round on August 9.

"They have been the most dominant team on the tour the last 2 1/2 years. I can talk positive about this team for a half-hour," Brink told the Associated Press about the Brazilians. "Emanuel is a legend, and he's still playing at a high level."

In the bronze medal round, Latvia will take on the Netherlands on Thursday prior to the gold medal round.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub. For more on Olympic beach volleyball, follow the 2012 Olympic beach volleyball section.

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