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Walsh, and band, will play on

August 11, 2008
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BEIJING - Olympic volunteers won their own pursuit for gold yesterday, finding a lost wedding ring in a huge sand pit used for women's beach volleyball.

When Olympic champion Kerri Walsh jumped to block the ball in her opening match, the gold band flew off her finger.

The ever-smiling American, who is married to fellow beach volleyball player Casey Jennings, carried on with Misty May-Treanor en route to a 21-12, 21-15 victory over Japan's Mika Teru Saiki and Chiaki Kusuhara. Volunteers were later dispatched to find the ring. Armed with metal detectors, they combed through the sand. Finally there was a beep and one of them, Song Zhendong, dug out the ring.

"I try my best to help others. I feel honored to have found [the ring] and I don't need special thanks," said Song. (From wire services)

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