Olympics: Walsh Jennings' four-gold bid ends as Brazil fans party on Copacabana beach

USA's Kerri Walsh Jennings (second from left) and USA's April Ross (far left) react as Brazil's Agatha Bednarczuk (second from right) and Brazil's Barbara Seixas De Freitas (far right) celebrate after winning the women's beach volleyball semi-final m
USA's Kerri Walsh Jennings (second from left) and USA's April Ross (far left) react as Brazil's Agatha Bednarczuk (second from right) and Brazil's Barbara Seixas De Freitas (far right) celebrate after winning the women's beach volleyball semi-final match at the Rio 2016 Olympics. PHOTO: EPA

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Kerri Walsh Jennings' hopes of a fourth successive Olympic Games beach volleyball gold were shattered on Tuesday on Rio's iconic Copacabana.

The 38-year-old American and her partner April Ross were defeated 22-20, 21-18 in the semi-finals by Brazil's Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas de Freitas.

In front of a capacity, party-mood crowd, Walsh Jennings was unable to conjure the magic she produced when winning gold in 2004, 2008 and 2012 with former team-mate Misty May-Treanor.

The Brazilian pair will face Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhors, who stunned Brazil's other team of Larisa Maestrini and Talita Rocha 21-18, 21-12.