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Russian men confident and in control at Olympic Qualifier in Sochi


2008 Olympian Dmitri Barsouk (right) is the nestor of the Russian team in Sochi

Sochi, Russia, July 7, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro is coming closer and closer for Russia as the men booked another win on Thursday at the FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification in Sochi. The host country defeated Venezuela in two evening matches in the packed Sport Inn stadium.

In a rematch of the 2014 Youth Olympics final Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin defeated Venezuela’s Rolando ‘Peter’ Hernandez and Jose ‘Tigrito’ Gomez once again: 21-16, 21-18.

Dmitri Barsouk and Nikita Liamin closed the deal with a 21-17, 21-10 win over Jesus Villafane and Jackson Henriquez.

In the only other match in pool A Canada defeated Morocco. Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter won 21-19, 21-11 against Adil Bsina and Mohamed al Hachdadi and Sam Pedlow and Grant O’Gorman beat Zouheir Elgraoui and Mohamed Abicha 21-13, 21-15.

With two wins each Russia and Canada are now leading the pool. They will probably decide who tops the pool in the face-to-face match on Saturday morning.

If Canada eventually claims one of the two available Olympic tickets in Sochi, Binstock/Schachter and Pedlow/O’Gorman will have a play-off to decide who will go to Rio.

For Russia the coaches will decide, said Stoyanovskiy. “Nobody knows. Whoever will play better, I guess. Of course we want to go to the Olympics. But first we have to win this tournament, focus on the next game and the next game and then we will see who goes to the Olympics.”

The 36-year old Barsouk is the only one who competed at an Olympics before. With Igor Kolodinsky he finished ninth at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

He tries to help his young teammates with handling the pressure at this ‘last chance’ qualifier. “The most important thing is confidence. Not to get too stressed. This is very important tournament for our country. We just need to show our game. If we just do this we will be all right.”

Asked if he thinks he should be the one to go to Rio, he said: “We play for the ticket for our federation. I think my age and experience is not the main thing. It would also be a good chance for the young guys. I don’t think I am first in the row. A chance for Russia to win an Olympic medal is more important for me.”

Belgium leads pool B
Belgium is still going strong in pool B, now leading with two wins. They defeated their biggest rivals in the pool, China, on Thursday. Bob Douwen and Aljosa Urnaut had a tough match against Li Jian and Li Zhuoxin (19-21, 21-19, 21-19). Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle needed just two sets against Chen Cheng and Bao Jian (21-17, 21-16).

There were no other matches in pool B, because Sierra Leone was pulled out of the tournament. Pool play matches continue on Friday, with Uruguay taking on Belgium starting from 11.00 (local time).


Quick links:
FIVB World Continental Cup Olympic Qualification - Website
Men - Results/Schedule
Women - Results/Schedule


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