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Volleyball in Rio

The unparalleled backdrop of Rio de

Janeiro’s amazing skyline, the iconic

venue of the Maracanãzinho, the

passion of the fans in a country that

regards the sport more as a religion

than a pastime, all contributed to a

memorable volleyball competition at the

Rio 2016 Games of the XXXI Olympiad.

After a shaky start in pool play, Brazil’s men’s team

rose to the occasion and delivered, claiming the host

country’s last gold of the Olympics, just a few hours

before the Closing Ceremony. It was a solid 3-0 (25-22,

28-26, 26-24) win over Italy in the final that earned

Brazil their third gold in the history of the competition

(after Barcelona 1992 and Athens 2004).

Only Russia (including the USSR) have won more, after

dominating the early editions and capping that with a

fourth gold at London 2012.

Brazil had a lot of heroes to celebrate in Rio 2016 - filling

as many as four spots on the Olympic tournament’s

Dream Team. Libero Segio Santos was the man that

shone just a bit more above the rest, also claiming

the MVP award alongside teammates setter Bruno

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Rezende, opposite Wallace Souza and outside hitter

Ricardo Lucarelli. The four Brazilians joined middle

blockers Emanuele Birarelli of Italy and Artem Volvich of

Russia together with outside hitter Aaron Russell of USA

to form the best team of Rio 2016.

It was rather a different story for Brazil’s women, who

crashed out of the competition in a heartbreaking five-

set defeat to China in the quarterfinals, before the Asian

giants went on to edge dark horse Serbia 3-1 (19-25,

25-17, 25-22, 25-23) in a thrilling final - with Lang Ping

becoming the first person to win Olympic gold both as

player (Los Angeles 1984) and as coach.

The gold medal confirmed China’s supremacy in

women’s volleyball this decade. It was their third

Olympic gold historically (after Los Angeles 1984 and

Athens 2004), outmatched only by the Soviet Union’s

four in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

And another hero emerged in the women’s competition,

with China’s 21-year-old outside hitter Zhu Ting named

MVP of the competition to lead a host of stars on the

Olympic MVP team. She was joined on the Rio 2016

Dream Team by teammate libero Li Lin, as well as setter

Alisha Glass and middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo

of USA, outside hitter Brankica Mihajlovic and middle

blocker Milena Rasic of Serbia, and opposite Lonneke

Sloetjes of the Netherlands.