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2009
Final Standing
Pune, India
July 31 - August 9
Cuba’s silver medal matches the country’s best-ever
showing in the event, in 1987. In 2007 Cuba finished
eighth.
Five Brazilians reached double figures in the final,
led by Mauricio Silva and Isac Santos with 19 points
each. Renan Buiatti and Franco Willian Cargnin Paese
notched 15 apiece while Ygor Francisco Tavares Du-
arte came off the bench to add 10. Rolando Cepeda
Abreu led Cuba with 25 points while Wilfredo Leon
Venero, the youngest player in the tournament, added
20 points.
Brazil reached the finals without dropping a match
but they were pushed to five sets by hosts India in the
semifinals. Cuba lost their opener to eventual bronze
medalists Argentina, and only lost to Brazil in the final
match of the second round when both teams had al-
ready secured semifinal berths. India finished fourth
while Russia came fifth.
Argentina’s 25-19, 25-16, 25-22 victory over India
gave them their first podium finish in the event af-
ter finishing fourth in 1993 and fifth in 2007. India,
meanwhile, had never finished higher than eighth. 
Rank
Teams
1
BRAZIL
2
CUBA
3
ARGENTINA
4
INDIA
5
RUSSIA
6
BELGIUM
7
IRAN
8
USA
9
POLAND
10
FRANCE
11
CHINA
12
CANADA
13
EGYPT
14
TUNISIA
15
BELARUS
16
GREECE
India’s Naveen Raja Jacob
Manidurai against Argentina’s
Uriarte, Crer and Poglajen
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