11. 01. 2020

#RoadToTokyo M: Iran smash Korea’s long-awaited Olympic dream, will play China for Tokyo berth

Source: asianvolleyball.net; Photo: volleyball.coqt.2020.fivb.com

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Iran carved out a 5-set triumph over South Korea in the semifinals of the 2020 Asian Men’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifier in Jiangmen (China) to come to a step closer to securing the Tokyo berth.

 

Iran smashed Korea’s long-awaited Olympic dream (didn’t feature since the 2000 Sydney Games) with a 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 22-25, 15-13) win in the semifinal clash of the 2020 Asian Men’s Olympic Qualification Tournament. Ali Shafiei put down 17 points, including 6 kill blocks, for Iran. Jeon Kwang-In from the Korea National Team scored game-high 25 points.

In the second semifinal, China remained in contention for the Olympic visa with a 4-set victory over Qatar. Jiang Chuan was the most prominent player of the match for the hosts, tallying 23 points. Brazilian-born Renan Ribeiro scored 13 for the losing side.

2020 Asian Men’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifier – semifinals

January 11:

Iran – South Korea 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 25-18, 22-25, 15-13)

Qatar – China 1-3 (22-25, 18-25, 25-23, 20-25)

Final

January 12:

Iran – China, 13:00 CET

 

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