triumph at the Boys’ Youth Championships
CAIRO, Egypt 30 Sept - The boys from Brazil
literally jumped for joy when they defeated Iran on Sunday in
a sweeping 3-0 (25-16, 25-16 25-18) victory to take the gold
medal in the 7th FIVB Boys’ Youth Volleyball World
It was a final where the finesse shown so ably by the
Brazilian side during the championships won out over the tall
and more solidly built Iranians.
The Iranians had caused an upset as they powered their way
into the finals, dismissing respected teams Poland and Russia
in the last stages of the competition. Iran started with a
rush, driving the match forward to 11-10 before Brazil
elegance slipped into top gear and allowed them to amass an
increasing lead to take the first set in a confidence boosting
Brazil took firm hold in the second set, upsetting the
Iranians with varied and elegant shots that again gave them
the set 25-16. Capitalizing on a slip of concentration by the
Brazilians, the Iranians had a brief resurgence in the third
set, trading the lead back and forth through the first half of
the set. But the night belonged to Brazil and as the final
point fell their way they broke into jubilant cheers and
danced around the center court.
Earlier, deprived of a chance to play for the gold by being
beaten by Iran in Saturday’s semifinals, Russia made no
mistakes in securing the bronze medal, completely outclassing
host country Egypt in a clear 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-22)
victory in just 59 minutes.
“It was very hard to prepare the players psychologically
after what happened (against Iran) yesterday,” said Andrei
Smirnov, Russia’s coach.
“Today I fielded players who were well prepared to win.”
And win they did.
Egypt played some courageous shots, all rewarded by the
enthusiastic crowd, but they were no match for the Russians,
who outclassed them all over the court.
Igor Kolodinsky was top scorer of the match, winning 17
points for the Russian side. Egypt was at their strongest in
the third set, when they closed the gap to just 2 points at
24-22, only to give the match away by serving into the net.
Earlier Poland beat Korea for fifth place and France beat
Tunisia for seventh.
Mohammad Soleimani of Iran was the tournament’s top
scorer with 110.
Other awards were:
Best Attacker –
Bruno Zanuto, Brazil
Best Blocker –
Alexndre Abrossimov, Russia
Best Server –
Abdallah Ahmed, Egypt
Best Digger –
Kwak dong-Hyuk, Korea.
Best Setter –
Seifeddine Lamjed, Tunisia.
Best Receiver –
A.V. Farred Zarif, Iran