Lausanne, Switzerland, July 14, 2003 - 2003 World League title holders Brazil have jumped to the top of the FIVB World Rankings following their sensational tiebreaker victory over Serbia and Montenegro in the World League final in Madrid, Spain on Sunday.
Brazil, who also won the World Championship in Argentina last year, moved from second to first spot on the FIVB World Rankings after their 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 19-25, 25-23, 31-29) win to replace 2002 World league champions Russia, who now occupy the third ranking following their seventh place finish in Madrid. World League silver medallists Serbia and Montenegro move up one spot to second while bronze medallists Italy round out the top four.
The big movers have been World League debutants the Czech Republic, who shocked all in reaching the 2003 World League semifinals, and have consequently moved up nine places to ninth in the world while Bulgaria, following an absence of four years from the World League, finished fifth and have seen their ranking consequently improve by nine places from 20 to 11.
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