Iran triumphantly secured their third consecutive title at the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 Men’s Volleyball Competition sweeping host nation China in a thrilling Grand Final at Linping Sports Center Gymnasium.
Iran, the reigning champions and the No.11 in the world ranking, faced the unbeaten China who wanted to end their 25-year gold medal drought. The Grand Final was a lively clash between m two powerhouses, with Iran achieving a remarkable comeback securing the game by 3-1 (19:25, 25:14, 25:22, 26:24).
Host China, with their strong pursuit, secured silver.
Their last victory in Asian Games men’s volleyball was in the 1998 Bangkok Games and, since then, gold has eluded them.
They have finished with silver and been in fourth position several times but were left empty-handed in the 2010 Guangzhou Games and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games.
Iran, on the other hand, was the two-time Asian Games gold medallists and the winners at the 2019, 2021 Asian Senior Men’s Championship.
In an earlier match for third place, Japan secured the bronze medal after narrowly surpassing Qatar in a hard-fought 3-1 (37:35, 25:22, 23:25, 25:23) battle.
🥇| Gold medal match
• Iran – China 3-1 (19:25, 25:14, 25:22, 26:24)
🥉| Bronze medal match
• Japan – Qatar 3-1 (37:35, 25:22, 23:25, 25:23)