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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
at the 2016 Olympic
Games in Rio
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.