Colombia confirmed itself the first big surprise of the 2020 South American Volleyball Olympic Qualifier that is played in Santiago, Chile.
They defeated tournament’s favorites No.1 Venezuela in the 2nd round to get the pole position to earn the only remaining continental ticket for the 2020 Tokyo Games prior to the last round. The opposite of the winning side Ronald Jiménez, currently a player of Tourcoing, France, was astonishing, putting down 35 points, while Cristian Palacios made 5 winning blocks. For Venezuela, whose path to the Olympics seems very complicated at the moment, Willner Rivas scored 22 points.
By beating Peru, the home side remained in the contention for the Olympics. They will have to beat Colombia in the last round and hope Venezuela will lose to Peru.
2020 South American Volleyball Olympic Qualifier – Round 2
Colombia – Venezuela 3-2 (23:25, 25:22, 25:19, 24:26, 15:10)
Chile – Peru 3-1 (36:34, 24:26, 25:21, 25:21)
Source and photos: volleyball.coqt.2020.fivb.com