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Brazilian women ensure London qualification

Brazil celebrate their qualification for London

São Carlos, Brazil, May 13, 2012 – The Brazilian women's team earned their ticket to defend their title at this summer's Olympic Games in London when they beat Peru 3-0 (15-12, 25-16, 25-9) in the final of the CSV Women´s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament at the Milton Olaio Filho Gymnasium in São Carlos, Brazil on Sunday.

Wing-spiker Fernanda Garay top-scored for Brazil with 15 points while FIVB Hero Sheilla Castro chipped in with 13 points. 

“We played a good qualification tournament, but we have a lot to improve, principally serve and counter-attack,” said legendary Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimarães. “We cannot think that we are fine because the level outside is higher than here. We have to get better in the physical part, the players need to get stronger.”

Brazil, the defending Olympic champions, have now qualified for nine successive Olympic Games after missing the first four editions and will be aiming to enhance their record which has seen them win two bronze medals in Atlanta and Sydney before claiming the Olympic title in Beijing.

A total of eight women's teams have now qualified for the Olympic Games.

Olympic Games Women’s Volleyball Qualified Teams
Hosts                                          Great Britain
2011 World Cup winner                 Italy
2011 World Cup runners up           USA
2011 World Cup third place            China
Africa winner                                 Algeria
NORCECA winner                           Dominican Republic
CEV winner                                   Turkey
CSV winner                                   Brazil
AVC winner (To be determined at joint World and AVC Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan from May 19-27)

Last three vacancies will be filled at joint World and AVC Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan from May 19-27


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