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Tokyo 2020 Qualifiers: in Pool E Russia destroy Iran, not losing single set on their way to Olympic Games!


Russia became the fourth national team to claim the ticket for the Volleyball Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics via FIVB International Qualifier. If many fans expected a great spectacle in the last round match of Pool E in Saint Petersburg between Russia and Iran, the home side has deleted the party. In fact the hosts swept the Asians in three sets, partially 25:19, 25:23 and 25:23, to claim the absolut leadership in the pool and a spot in Tokyo. The third set could have changed the course of the match but Iran were unable to preserve the lead of 20-17. Interestingly, the Finnish expert on Russia’s bench decided to keep Mikhaylov as back-up through the entire match, giving a chance to Viktor Poletaev. Mikhaylov played only one match in the competion, against the lowest-ranked rivals Mexico, on Day 1.

The young opposite Poletaev was the top scorer with 19 points, while Iranian Amir Ghafour scored 17. Russia dominantly secured a spot in the Olympics with all three victories without losing a single set.


On the same Pool, Cuba win in straight sets against a modest Mexico.

FIVB Volleyball International Qualifier, Day 3:

POOL A (Varna, Bulgaria):
Egypt – Puerto Rico 3-0 (25:17, 31:29, 25:17)
Bulgaria – Brazil 2-3 (25:23, 25:19, 30:32, 16:25, 11:15)

POOL B (Rotterdam, the Netherlands):
Netherlands – USA 1-3 (18:25, 20:25, 25:17, 21:25)
South Korea – Belgium 0-3 (25:27, 21:25, 24:26)

POOL C (Bari, Italy):
Cameroon – Australia 0-3 (17:25, 16:25, 18:25)
Serbia – Italy 0-3 (16:25, 19:25, 19:25)

POOL D (Gdańsk, Poland):
France – Tunisia 3-1 (25:21, 20:25, 25:19, 25:22)
Poland – Slovenia 3-1 (21:25, 25:23, 25:23, 25:21)

POOL E (Saint Petersburg, Russia):
Cuba – Mexico 3-0 (25:18, 25:23, 25:22)
Russia – Iran 3-0 (25:19, 25:23, 25:23)

POOL F (Ningbo, China):
Canada – Finland 3-0 (25:16, 26:24, 25:20)
China – Argentina 2-3 (25-19, 22-25, 21:25, 25:18, 9:15)

FIVB Volleyball International Qualifier, Day 2
FIVB Volleyball International Qualifier, Day 1

Source and photos: volleyball.ioqt.2019.fivb.com

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