Aussie duo win beach volleyball tour gold

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Australians Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar have made a statement in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics, winning gold in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event in Mexico.

The duo won a tense three-set battle 19-21, 22-20, 16-14 against Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda 'Duda' Lisboa.

The highly-rated Brazilians won the opening two tournaments but the Australians had their measure this time.

"It always comes down to our side of the net and our good teamwork," Clancy said.

"We did a great job in coming back, taking a moment and just committing to our game. I'm so proud of Mariafe for the great fight she put up with me at the end."

It was the perfect end to the three tournament competition for the Australians, after finishing fifth and ninth in the opening two tournaments.

After a long absence from international competition, Clancy and Artacho del Solar were eager to get back to test their training against the best in the world after earlier this year taking out the Australian Beach Volleyball Tour.

With just over 80 days to go until Tokyo, it puts them in a good position leading into the Games where they will look to add to their 2019 world championship bronze medal.

The women both played in Rio in 2016 but not as partners.