5-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings shall be cheering the U.S. from residence after she and seaside volleyball accomplice Brooke Sweat failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Walsh Jennings, 42, and Sweat, 35, misplaced within the closing Olympics qualifying spherical whereas competing in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Wednesday, June 2. They have been beat by two opponents from the Netherlands.
In line with NBC Sports, Walsh Jennings spoke to reporters after the match, sharing, “It is a horrible, horrible feeling… It has been a extremely tough yr, and to lose in a qualifier, it feels actually laborious proper now.”
“It is a actually laborious day for us, so I believe we’ll really feel the ache,” she added.
Kelly Claes, 25, and Sarah Sponcil, 24, took the lead in qualifiers to clinch the ultimate two spots on the U.S. Olympic ladies’s seaside volleyball staff, alongside April Ross, 38, and Alix Klineman, 31. In line with NBC Sports activities, Claes and Sponcil will make Olympic historical past as the game’s youngest U.S. staff.
Previous to the qualifiers in Ostrava, Walsh Jennings and Sweat have been on monitor to compete when the Tokyo Video games, which have been rescheduled due to the pandemic, start on July 23.