13. 01. 2020

#RoadToTokyo M: Photo finish in South America, written-off Venezuela go to Olympics

Source: volleyball.coqt.2020.fivb.com; Photo: Olympic Esporte/Twitter

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Venezuela have progressed to the 2020 Tokyo Games thanks to their win over Peru but also to a combination of results on the last day of the South American Men’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifier in Santiago, Chile.

 

A defeat on Saturday in 5 sets against Colombia had left Venezuela depending not only on their results in the last round. The “Vinotinto” did their share by beating Peru 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-16). Luis Arias top-scored for Venezuela with 17 points (4 kill blocks), while Eduardo Romay tallied 14 for Peru.

This match was followed by a duel of the teams whose hopes for participating at the Tokyo Olympics were alive prior to Venezuela’s victory. Actually, in these circumstances, only Colombia had a chance to go to the Japanese capital but the hosts played for the honor and prevailed by a 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19), sending Venezuela to Tokyo. This will be the 2nd appearance of the Men’s Volleyball Team of Venezuela in the Olympics, the first was in the 2008 Beijing Games.

2020 South American Men’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifier – Round 3

January 12:

Venezuela – Peru 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-16)

Chile – Colombia 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-19)

Standings

 

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