2016-04-22 11:00:00 CET
American superstar writes her name further into the record books
Ladies and gentleman please be upstanding for the one and only Kerri Walsh Jennings.
With three Olympic gold medals and three World Championship golds she has more bling than fellow American Puff Daddy.
She probably doesn’t have time to count them all but – just in case you’re reading this and you’re wondering, Kerri, you’ve got 126 gold medals. One hundred and twenty-six. And if you are checking, then you better check that the 32 silvers and 17 bronzes are there, too…
But why are we waxing lyrical about Kerri on this fine Friday? Well, as her haul of precious metals sit sparkling in her Californian trophy cabinet, in a land thousands of miles from home the legendary Walsh Jennings won her 600th beach volleyball match. No, that’s not a typo – she has won six hundred beach volleyball games. Thousands upon thousands of spikes, serves, sets, shots and smiles.
On Thursday, together with partner April Walsh, Walsh Jennings etched her name further into beach volleyball folklore by reaching that magical figure by beating Chantel Laboureur and Julia Sude of Germany 2-1 at the Fuzhou Open. It’s a tournament she’s won before and you wouldn’t bet against her doing it again this weekend.
In the words of Tina Turner, Kerri is simply the best: with a winning percentage of 87.6 per cent, no beach volleyball star can boast such a record. 600 wins and just 85 defeats. That makes last week’s win for Austrian underdogs Stefanie Schwaiger and Barbara Hansel at the Xiamen Open look even more impressive. That’s one to tell the grandkids, girls!
With Ross, Walsh Jennings will be aiming for win number 601 of an extraordinary career on Saturday in the second round of the Fuzhou Open. And if that number hits 604 by Sunday night in China then it’s time to make more room in that trophy cabinet.
Congratulations, Kerri. We salute you!