17 October 2021

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Tokyo 2020: HISTORIC GOLD FOR FRANCE! ROC defeated at tie break.

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France’s search for gold at the Olympic Games in Japanese capital was ended with a resounding success at Ariake Arena on Saturday, when Earvin Ngapeth led his team to a 3-2 (25:23, 25:17, 21:25, 21:25, 15:12) victory over ROC to seize their first Olympic gold medal in history.
France first played at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, then played at Barcelona 1992, Athens 2004 and Rio 2016.
As the next Olympic Games hosts, the Frenchmen will defend their Olympic title at home, three years from now, at Paris 2024.

ROC opened the match with back-to-back points off an attack by Maxim Mikhaylov and an error by Jean Patry, but France tied the score from an error and an Ngapeth attack. The set remained very balanced, but Mikaylov and Ivan Iakovlev’s attacking and blocking gave ROC a 20-17 edge.
Antoine Brizard from the service line helped France to back into the set, then Ngapeth made two attacks to reach set point, and Trevor Clevenot’s completed the French comeback in the opening set at 25-23.

France started with a right foot also in the second set, with Ngapeth who scored three attacks and a block to increase their lead to 10-5.
Ngapeth dominated also in the succeeding plays as he added another block and an ace, to record points in the second set. Nicolas Le Goff and Patry added more firepower to gain a 2-0 set advantage.

The very balanced third set started with a trade of points on attacks by France’s Ngapeth and Patry and ROC’s Mikhaylov, Egor Kliuka and Ilyas Kurkaev, but the latter managed to gain a two-point edge at 21-19.
ROC reached set point with an attack by Yaroslav Podlesnykh and also from the service line, until Brizard’s service error gave away the third set to ROC at 25-21.
Patry, Brizard and Clevenot powered the offence for France to gain a 7-3 advantace in the fourth set, but Podlesnykh and Pankov’s defence later tied the score at 8-8.
Both teams kept the partial even until ROC gained 15-13 lead thanks to the attack of Iakovlev and Kliuka.
ROC’s offence was enhanced by Mikhaylov, while Kliuka helped gain a 19-17 lead. ROC worked patiently on defence, which allowed better opportunities for counterattack, and Iakovlev’s block on Patry extended the match to a fifth set at 25-21.

ROC led 3-0 at the start of the decisive set, but Ngapeth put down the 8-8 ball. France try to fly with a 10-8 advantage from a ROC service error and Clevenot’s spike, but the rivals responded quickly to level the score. Patry’s attack and ace gave France a two-point advantage, prompting a ROC timeout, but nothing to do, as Brizard gave match point and then Mikhaylov’s attack triggered the French celebration at 15-12.

Earvin Ngapeth was the man of the match with 26 points, made of 21 attacks, two blocks and three aces, while Jean Patry contributed with 15 and Trevor Clevenot poured in 11 points.
Maxim Mikhaylov and Egor Kliuka had 21 and 20 points, respectively, on the other side of the net.

The first set we were really worried,” Mikhaylov said. “Compare Russia to Brazil. They have lots of experience in the Olympics. They are the defending gold medalist. But we developed a mindset that Brazil is not as dangerous as they seem and we can do it. We made lots of substitutions and those definitely helped.”

And Russia, of course, are not competing as Russia but as the Russian Olympic Committee.

It’s not pleasant. I wish we could see the Russian flag and hear the Russian anthem,” Mikhaylov admitted.
But we should also value and be thankful that we are in the Olympics. Deep inside we feel we’re playing for Russia and not the Russian Olympic Committee.”

| 2020 Tokyo Olympics men’s volleyball tournament:

August 7: FINALS
Bronze Medal Match: Argentina – Brazil 3-2 (25:23, 20:25, 20:25, 25:17 15:13)

Gold Medal Match: France – Russian Olympic Committee 3-2 (25:23, 25:17, 21:25, 21:25, 15:12)

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| All results of men’s volleyball tournament:

Pool A: Japan, Poland, Italy, Canada, Iran, and Venezuela.
Pool B: Brazil, USA, Russia, Argentina, France, and Tunisia.

| July 25 – Day 1
Italy – Canada 3-2 (26:28, 18:25, 25:21, 25:18, 15:11)
Brazil – Tunisia 3-0 (25:22 25:20 25:15)
Russia – Argentina 3-1 (21:25 25:23 25:17 25:21)
Japan – Venezuela 3-0 (25:21 25:20 25:15)
Poland – Iran 2-3 (25:18, 22:25, 22:25, 25:22, 21:23)
USA – France 3-0 (25:18, 25:18, 25:22)

| July 27 – Day 2
Iran – Venezuela 3-0 (25:17, 25:20, 25:18)
USA – ROC 1-3 (23:25, 25:27, 25:21, 23:25)
Poland – Italy 3-0 (25:20, 26:24, 25:20)
France – Tunisia 3-0 (25:21, 25:11, 25:21)
Japan – Canada 3-1 (23:25, 25:23, 25:23, 25:20)
Brazil – Argentina 3-2 (19:25, 21:25, 25:16, 25:21, 16:14)

| July 29 – Day 3
Canada – Iran 3-0 (25:16, 25:20, 25:22)
USA – Tunisia 3-1 (25:14 23:25 26:14 25:23)
Argentina – France 3-2 (23:25, 25:17, 25:20, 15:25, 15:13)
Poland – Venezuela 3-1 (25:16, 25:13, 18:25, 25:15)
Japan – Italy 1-3 (20:25, 17:25, 25:23, 21:25)
Brazil – ROC 0-3 (22:25, 20:25, 20:25)

| July 31 – Day 4
Canada – Venezuela 3-0 (25:13, 25:22, 25:12)
Brazil – USA 3-1 (30:32, 25:23, 25:21, 25:20)
Japan – Poland 0-3 (22:25, 21:25, 24:26)
Argentina – Tunisia 3-2 (23:25, 23:25, 25:19, 25:18, 15:8)
Italy – Iran 3-1 (30:28, 25:22, 21:25, 25:21)
ROC – France 1-3 (21:25, 25:20, 17:25, 20:25)

| August 2 – Day 5
Poland – Canada 3-0 (25:15, 25:21, 25:16)
Brazil – France 3-2 (25:22, 37:39, 25:17, 21:25, 20:18)
ROC – Tunisia 3-0 (25:20, 25:22, 25:16)
Italy – Venezuela 3-0 (25:22, 25:15, 25:17)
Japan – Iran 3-2 (25:21, 20:25, 29:31, 25:22, 15:13)
USA – Argentina 0-3 (21:25, 23:25, 23:25)
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| QUARTERFINALS:

August 3:
Canada (4a) – ROC (1b) 0-3 (21:25, 28:30, 22:25)
Japan (3a) – Brazil (2b) 0-3 (20:25, 22:25, 20:25)
Italy (2a) – Argentina (3b) 2-3 (25:21, 23:25, 22:25, 25:14, 12:15)
Poland (1a) – France (4b) 2-3 (25:21, 22:25, 25:21, 21:25, 9:15)
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| SEMIFINALS:

August 5:
Brazil – ROC 1-3 (25:18, 21:25, 24:26, 23:25)
France – Argentina 3-0 (25:22, 25:19, 25:22)

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