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Bryan brothers win first gold medal

USA's Mike Bryan (L) and Bob Bryan
USA's Mike Bryan (L) and Bob Bryan celebrate after defeating France's Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the men's doubles gold medal match of the London 2012 Olympic Games, at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London.

America's Bob and Mike Bryan won their first Olympic gold medal with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) victory over French second seeds Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra in the men's doubles final at Wimbledon on Saturday.

The Bryan brothers had taken the bronze medal in the men's doubles in Beijing four years ago.

They are the world's top ranked men's doubles pair, a position they have held for 297 weeks, and together they have won a record 78 doubles titles including 11 Grand Slams.

They also have an 18-2 record playing for America in the Davis Cup but, after losing in the semi-finals in Beijing and the quarter-finals in Athens in 2004, an Olympics gold was the missing prize.

Now the American duo have the doubles Golden Slam -- all four major doubles titles and Olympic doubles gold -- and they celebrated in style with an on-court dance routine.

"This is the biggest win of our career right here," Bob Bryan said. "There was a sense of urgency. This could be our last Olympics.

"We got the bronze in Beijing which we were proud about, but our whole goal for this year was to upgrade that medal to something a bit more shiny and we did it."

Mike Bryan added: "To play on Centre Court at Wimbledon and win the gold medal is a dream come true.

"We could stop tomorrow and we got a big smile on our faces for the rest of our lives."

The Bryans broke in the first game of the match and that was all they needed to take the first set.

Tsonga and Llodra pushed harder in the second set and it went to a tie-break, but the Bryans seized the gold after winning a spectacular final point.

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