Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Volleyball – final, men:
TOKYO. French volleyball players became Olympic champions for the first time in history. In the final of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on Saturday, they defeated the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team after a dramatic 3:2 in sets.
Bronze medals were won by the Argentines, who beat the Brazilians in the South American battle for third place with the same score of 3:2.
The French made the conclusion complicated
In the final in Ariake Arena, the French initially had the upper hand. They won the first two sets, led 15:14 in the third, but didn’t break the Russians’ resistance.
They played hard, gradually balancing the game, and eventually took the third and fourth sets for themselves in a 25:21 ratio.
There was drama in the tiebreak, but the French served more effectively, took control at key moments and were able to celebrate a historic title after a 15:12 win.
“I had a good feeling about our game today, although the Russians made me doubt whether we could do it. We hesitated for a while, but we remained strong. We believed in each other and that was decisive in the tiebreak.” We didn’t give up, we still believed in our capabilities,” Ngapeth said, according to AFP.
Tillie thus had a victorious farewell at the French helm. He has been leading the team since 2012 and already announced before the Olympic Games in Tokyo that he would end his coaching career after the Olympics.
“It’s like a fairy tale. It was a fairy tale from the start,” confessed the departing coach.
The Russians were more successful in the past
For French volleyball players, it is the first ever medal in the Olympics, their best place in the Olympics to date was eighth place in the 1988 Olympics.
Although they started the tournament with two defeats from the first three matches, they eventually made it to Olympus. In the final, their attacking jewel Earvin Ngapeth played a fine match, which eventually gained the confidence of Antoine Brizard, and the volleyball players from France managed to do a fine job.
Finally, all-rounder Jean Patry broke the Russians neck with an ace, and when Maxim Mikhailov sent the last ball into the car, Laurent Tillie’s team’s spectacular party could begin.
The Russians reappeared after nine years in the battle for gold, in London 2012 they won the title, in total they have five Olympic metals (1-2-2) in the post-Soviet era. Including the achievements of the USSR, they have 11 medals of the Olympic Games (4-4-3).
The Russians reappeared after nine years in the battle for gold, in London 2012 they won the title, in total they have five Olympic metals (1-2-2) in the post-Soviet era.
Including the achievements of the USSR, they have 11 medals of the Games in their collection (4-4-3).