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China wins Olympic volleyball bronze medal

China wins Olympic volleyball bronze medal

China defeated Cuba 3-1 Sunday to win the Olympic bronze medal in women's volleyball.
The Chinese, who won the gold medal in the 2004 Athens games, were spurred by constant cheering from the home crowd to win 25-16, 21-25, 25-13, 25-20 on Saturday.
They celebrated by linking hands, walking to each corner of the court and waving thank-you to their fans.
"The whole team walked together side-by-side to win this game," captain Feng Kun said.
Although many of the Chinese players sobbed when they finally left the court after the 25-16, 21-25, 25-13, 25-20 victory, it was not because of disappointment for not defending their gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games, Feng said.
"I believe these eight years are the most glorious of my life," Feng said.
The Cubans dominated the sport in the 1990s, winning gold medals in 1992, 1996 and 2000. They won the bronze medal in Athens games.
But they were stunned in the semifinals by the United States in three sets, a game they expected to easily win.
"Maybe that influenced what happened today against China," Cuba coach Antonio Perdomo said.
China could not get past a fast Brazil team in the semifinals. But while they weren't playing to defend their title, the Chinese team's fans never let up their cheers Saturday at Capital Indoor Stadium.
At the start, Cuba looked as if it was headed to the same mistake-prone performance that cost them against the United States. China went up 19-13 in the first set on Yumilka Ruiz's missed spike.
China easily took the third set, pulling ahead 17-8 on Zhao Ruirui's block and then winning it when Cuba's Zoila Barros served into the net.
China's momentum carried into the deciding set. Zhou Suhong's spike made it 11-6 before Cuba rallied to narrow it to 20-19, but China put the match away with Zhao's spike.
Wang Yimei had 20 points for China. Ruiz, playing in her third Olympics for Cuba, had 13 points.


Updated : 2020-12-03 22:03 GMT+08:00