Aussie pair stumble in Tokyo sand

Australia's Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy lost their beach volleyball clash at Tokyo.
Australia's Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy lost their beach volleyball clash at Tokyo.

Slow starts in the first and third set have cost Australian beach volleyball pair Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy, who will still progress to the round of 16 despite a loss in their final pool game of Tokyo's Games.

Their two-match unbeaten run was halted by Russia's Nadedza Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina 21-8 15-21 15-12 on Friday, leaving them second in their pool and safely through to Sunday's knockout stage.

Their radar was off in a sloppy first set, winning just six of 22 attacks, before they flipped it in the second to convert 15 of 21.

An 0-4 start to the deciding set cost them though, despite saving two match points in a late rally.

Australian Associated Press