RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's men's volleyball team defeated Italy in straight sets on Sunday to win their third gold medal in the sport.

The Brazilians had lost to the Italians in a preliminary match but won the final 25-22 28-26 26-24, handing Italy its third silver medal. Brazil won gold in 2004 when it beat Italy in Athens.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)