China crowned 2004 Olympic champions
Athens, Greece, August 28, 2004 – World number three China pulled off a miraculous comeback from two sets down to beat Sydney 2000 silver medalists Russia 3-2 (28-30, 25-27, 25-20, 25-23, 15-12) and claim the ultimate prize – the gold medal – in a stunning final at the 2004 Olympic Games women’s Volleyball competition in the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Saturday. It is China’s second Volleyball gold medal following their first triumph in 1984 and is a vast improvement on their fifth place finish in Sydney four years ago. For Russia (formerly the USSR) they miss out on their fifth women’s Olympic Volleyball gold having won the title already in 1968, 1972, 1980 and 1988 and it is their second successive silver after losing to Cuba at Sydney 2000. More Pic: China's defence was an amazing against a powerful Russian attack
Gold awaits for China or Russia
ATHENS, 27 August – Sydney 2000 silver medalists Russia and World Cup title holders China will face off in a fascinating clash for gold in the final of the Olympic women’s Volleyball competition on Saturday.While Russia finished second four years ago, China were silver medalists in Atlanta in 1996. This time one of the two will celebrate winning the gold medal. Russia will start as favourites with their taller and more physical approach likely to be a daunting obstacle to overcome for a Chinese side, which relies on agility and team work to undo the best defence and offence. The great setting from captain Feng Kun is also a match winner. More Pic: Russia's impressive defence at work against Brazil
New champ guaranteed as Cuba gets beaten
Athens, Greece, August 26, 2004 – Sydney 2000 silver medalists Russia will have the chance to go one better against world number three China in the final of the 2004 Olympic Games women’s Volleyball competition after both teams won breathtaking semifinal matches on Thursday.
In the first semifinal, Russia made an incredible come back from two sets down to beat favourites Brazil 3-2 (18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 28-26, 16-14). More
Russia, Brazil kick off semifinals
ATHENS, 25 August – Sydney 2000 silver medalists Russia go head-to-head with world number two Brazil when the semifinals of the Women's Olympic Volleyball tournament get underway at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday at 19:30.
The opening match promises to be a thrilling contest with World Grand Prix champions Brazil led by scoring machines Erika COIMBRA and Virna DIAS, while Russia are guided by Ekaterina GAMOVA and Lioubov SHASKOVA, who are the two best scorers of the tournament. More
China, Russia, Cuba, Brazil through to semifinals
Athens, Greece, August 24, 2004 – World Cup title holders China, world number six Russia, defending champions Cuba and World Grand Prix title holders Brazil all reached the semifinals of the 2004 Olympic Games women’s Volleyball competition after quarterfinal victories on Tuesday. All three medalists from Sydney 2000 have reached the semifinals while China are guaranteed to improve upon their fifth-place finish four years ago. The semifinal action on Thursday begins at 19:30 with Brazil taking on Russia followed by Cuba playing China at 21:30. More Pic: China's defence against Japan was excellent
Volleyball providing another great experience
Athens, Greece, August 24, 2004 – Volleyball at the Olympics gathers all the qualities of team sport - participation, discipline and the Olympic spirit making for a magnificent experience for all concerned. The 28th Olympiad in Athens has welcomed teams from right around the world bringing together different playing styles, cultures and personalities. These elements are part of the special mix that makes the Olympics such a challenging yet spectacular event to participate in. Pic: Kenya captain Violet Barasa said the level of games are higher compared to Sydney
Russia’s Gamova leads player rankings
ATHENS, 23 August – Ekaterina GAMOVA of Russia is the most dominant player of the women’s tournament so far according to the Player Rankings by Skills. Every player in the competition has been ranked according to their individual skills and at the end of the Preliminary Round and GAMOVA is one of two Russians who lead the Best Scorer ranking. The 23-year-old Gamova, with 115 points at an average of 23 per match, leads her teammate Lioubov Shashkova who has 96 points. USA’s Logan Tom is third with 90 points. More Pic: Russia's Ekaterina Gamova
USA and Japan claim final Quarterfinal spots
Athens, Greece, August 22, 2004 – A straight sets win over Cuba in the last match of the Preliminary Round on Sunday saved world number one USA from being eliminated from the 2004 Olympic Games women’s Volleyball competition after they qualified with Japan on the final day of the Preliminary Round for next week’s quarterfinals. More
The Fans View
Athens, Greece, August 22 - Volleyball is celebrating is 10th anniversary at the Olympic Games and fans from right around the world are coming to the Peace and Friendship Stadium to take in the spectacle. Here’s what they think about one of the most popular sports at the 2004 Athens Games: Svetlana 41, Russia
“I came to Athens to support the athletes of my country. To tell the truth I didn’t have any strong intention to watch Volleyball until I heard a lot of positive comments about what takes place at Peace and Friendship Stadium. So I experienced it and I have the best impressions for the organization and for the performances.” More
Two Quarterfinal spots still to be determined
ATHENS, 22 August – The final day of the Women’s Preliminary Round will determine which two teams will join the six teams already qualified for the quarterfinals and continue their cruise for Olympic glory. With one game remaining for each team, Greece and Japan face must win matches against Italy and Keya respectively in Pool A while in Pool B, anyone from USA, Germany and the Dominican Republic can still qualify. Pic: USA need to beat Cuba in the day's final match
Two Volleyball Greats take in Olympic spectacle
Athens, Greece, August 21, 2004 – The two captains of the first Volleyball teams to win Olympic gold are here at the Peace and Friendship Stadium taking in the 10th edition of Volleyball at the Olympics Games. Ms. Masae Nakamura (nee Kasai), 70, the former Japanese women’s captain, and former Russian men’s captain Mr. Yuri Chesnokov,71, are now participating in the 28th Olympiad in different functions but in 1964 they led their respect teams to the inaugural Olympic gold medal in Volleyball. More Pic: The first Olympic Volleyball gold medalists from 1964 - Japan's Masae Kasae (left) and Russia's Yuri Chesnokov
Six teams confirmed for quarterfinals
Athens, Greece, August 20, 2004 – With one day remaining in the Preliminary Round of the 2004 Olympic Games women’s Volleyball competition six teams – China, Cuba, Brazil, Italy, Korea and Russia – have confirmed their places in the quarterfinal round after they all recorded victories on Friday. Brazil’s straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-11) win over hosts Greece saw the World Grand Prix champions collect their fourth straight win in Pool A to confirm their favouritism for the next phase. More

All eyes on USA-Russia match up
ATHENS, 20 August – With only two matches remaining in the Women's Preliminary Round the focus is on the final match on Friday where world number one USA needs to beat old foes Russia to maintain a strong hope of reaching the quarterfinals.
The Americans currently sit at the bottom of Pool B, equal with Germany and the Dominican Republic, needing a win from their remaining two matches – against Russia and Cuba – to keep alive their chances of reaching the next phase. More

Brazil repeat Grand Prix triumph to go clear in Pool A
Athens, Greece, August 18, 2004 – World Grand Prix champions Brazil followed in the footsteps of their men’s team and repeated their victory in August’s Grand Prix final by beating Italy on Wednesday in an exhilarating come-from-behind five set (19-25, 25-13, 22-25, 25-16, 15-13) win in the final match of Day Three of the women’s Volleyball competition at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Wednesday.
After yesterday’s marathon men’s match the women turned on a similar display with an action-packed affair stretching nearly two hours, much to the enjoyment of the fans coated in yellow, green and blue. More
Two derbys feature on Day Three
ATHENS, 17 August - Day Three of the Women's Olympic tournament offers two great match-ups and a crucial fight for a place in the quarterfinals.
At 09:00 the United States are the heavy favourite in the match against the Dominican Republic. The US are looking for a good placing in Pool B, while the Dominicans are still searching for their first set.
Cuba repeats Sydney final result
Athens, Greece, August 16, 2004 – Sydney Olympic champions Cuba repeated their gold medal winning performance against Russia with a stirring 3-2 (26-24, 19-25, 25-27, 25-19, 15-13) victory on day two of the women’s Volleyball competition at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Monday. In what was a superb encounter of exhilarating quick play matched with dynamism and athleticism Cuba eventually claimed the victory to open their account in Pool B after suffering a shock loss to Germany on the opening day. The result was a mirror image of the Sydney Olympics where the two teams contested a 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-12, 15-12) match in the Preliminary Round in favour of Russia before Cuba claimed victory in the final with another stunning five-set (25-27, 32-34, 25-19, 25-18, 15-7) performance. More
Repeat of Sydney's final feature match on Day Three
ATHENS, 15 August – Olympic title favourites Brazil takes on Kenya in the opening match on the second day of the Women’s Volleyball tournament on Monday, and anything other than a straight-sets victory for the Brazilians would be a big surprise. The ‘Celecao’ is looking to double their victory tally in Pool A, while Kenya will be hoping to take as much as they can out of a match expected to be of most benefit to the South Americans. More
Pic: Brazil beat Japan 25-21, 25-22, 25-21 on the opening day


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