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Olympic medallists do battle

Sendai, Japan, July 11, 2005 - Olympic champions and World Cup holders China, who are ranked number one in the world, finished top of the Preliminary Round with eight victories and one defeat (at the hands of Italy in their final match) while world number five Cuba, who collected bronze at the Athens Games, finished with a similar record (losing their final match to Brazil) but finished third on point ratio difference.

Both play with wonderful grace and artistry and the individual match ups are mouth watering. None more so than between Cuba captain Yumilka Ruiz, who has led her young and athletic side superbly during this tournament and Kun Feng, who pulls all the strings as setter and skipper in a strong Chinese attack.

China played Cuba twice at the 2004 Olympics with Cuba winning the round robin match 3-2 (25-19, 22-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-13) before China reversed the result in the semifinals, winning 3-2 (25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 23-25, 15-10).