THE Rio Olympics closed in dramatic fashion yesterday.
Not one to leave without a taste of Rio's night-life, Kingaroy raised beach volleyball player Taliqua Clancy took in the party atmosphere with team mate Louise Bawden.
Clancy and Bawden were ranked seventh in the women's beach volleyball rankings, the highest Australian team.
Although their medal hopes were squandered by America's Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross in the quarter-finals after they won in straight sets.
Clancy and Bawden recalled the game the game in a teary interview.
"It is disappointing we fell short of the medal rounds," Clancy said.
"But again it's quarter-finals and there's nothing more we could have asked for."
Bawden said the pair could hold their heads up high after they gave everything they could.
"I thought we were right in the mix," she said.
"We dug deep and fought really hard and stuck together, and I think we can hold our heads high."
The US won bronze in the women's beach volleyball while Germany won gold and Brazil won silver.
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