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Rank
Teams
1
BRAZIL
2
RUSSIA
3
GERMANY
4
NETHERLANDS
5
CHINA
6
JAPAN
7
POLAND
8
THAILAND
9
USA
10
PUERTO RICO
11
DOM. REPUBLIC
12
KOREA
2009
Final Standing
July 31 - August 23
has now steered the Brazilians to win five World
Grand Prix titles as well as the 2008 Olympic gold
medal, said. “I admit that it was a tough match against
Japan. They are becoming much stronger each year.
They are getting better and better and will be a team
to be reckoned with in the near future.”
Brazil’s captain Sheilla Castro, who won the tourna-
ment’s Most Valuable Player Award, said: “It was a
tough match. Japan already proved that they are very
strong. Moreover, they received strong support from
the home crowd. In the second set we did not attack
well. It might be because we played so many matches
so far in the tournament. I’m very glad that my team
won the gold medal. Credit should go to the staff
coaches who gave us strong support.”
FIVB President Jizhong Wei presented the gold medals
to Brazil, who also received the coveted World Grand
Prix trophy plus a US$200,000 cash prize. Russia,
who took nine points from four wins and one defeat,
finished second, winning US$100,000. European
powerhouse the Netherlands and up-and-coming Ger-
many collected seven points each from two wins and
three losses but the latter had a better points ratio to
take third place and the US$75,000 prize, with the
Dutch women fourth.
World champions and three-time winners Russia fin-
ished on a high note after sending 2007 champions
Brazil’s Sheilla Castro receives the MVP award from FIVB President Jizhong Wei
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