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BV North graduate Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands win gold in Olympic tennis

Bethanie Mattek-Sands ran into the arms of partner Jack Sock after they won their mixed doubles gold medal match against Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram on Sunday at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands ran into the arms of partner Jack Sock after they won their mixed doubles gold medal match against Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram on Sunday at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP

Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock have won the Olympic tennis title in mixed doubles, denying Venus Williams a record fifth gold medal.

Mattek-Sands and Sock, a Blue Valley North graduate, beat Williams and Rajeev Ram 6-7 (3), 6-1, 10-7 with the tiebreak in an all-U.S. final Sunday.

It’s the second medal of the Rio Games for Sock, who won bronze in men’s doubles with Steve Johnson.

With the silver, Williams still tied the mark for most career tennis medals.

Mattek-Sands and Sock trailed 6-3 in the deciding super tiebreak then won six straight points. Mattek-Sands thought they had won on their first match point, throwing her racket in celebration, but Sock’s return landed just long. They closed it out on the next point.

Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic clinched bronze earlier Sunday.

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