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Junior Iranian volleyballers given hero's welcome

Juniors' volleyball team of Iran was given a hero's welcome on their return home in Mehrabad International Airport, southwestern Tehran, Tuesday, IRNA reported.

Iran ranked third in the 8th World Boys' Under-19 Volleyball Championship ended in Suphan Buri, Thailand, Sunday.

Brazil retained the world title for the sixth time and the Asian champion India finished runner-up.

Sixteen teams competed in the Thailand-based event.

Among the attendees in the welcoming ceremony were Ali Kaffashian, sports deputy of the Physical Education Organization, Mohammad-Reza Yazdani-Khorram, the head of Iran's Volleyball Federation (IVF), IVF officials, Park Ki-woon, the manager of seniors' volleyball team, and a large crowd of people.


Brazil avenged India in final and Asian runner-up Iran outclassed Czech Republic in the third-place playoff.

The world five-time champion Brazil clobbered India, giving the Asian champion a straight-sets 25-22, 26-24, 25-19 demolition in the final showdown.

On July 6, Brazil went down to India in a hard-fought four-set thriller in the group round-robin preliminaries. India stunned Brazil 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20).

Fired-up Iran was overjoyed as it performed superbly to topple the Czechs with a scintillating come-from-behind 21-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-18 victory.

Brazil became the 2003 World Boys' Under-19 Championship title holder for the sixth time.

The South American side landed its first world title in 1989 in the United Arab Emirates before stretching its aura of invincibility for another three successive times in 1991, 1993, and 1995.

Its nightmarish performances were in the 1997 and 1999 editions in Tehran and Riyadh where it produced fifth and seventh place finishes respectively.

However, it restored its pride in Cairo two years later to lift the world title after thrashing Iran in straight sets in the final showdown.

Individually, Russia and Iran shared two titles, with Iranian Mohammad Soleimani winning the Best Scorer Award and Moslem Mohammadizadeh the Best Receiver Award.

Russian Alexei Ostapenko grabbed the Best Server Award, with eammate Roman Danilov taking home the Best Spikier Award.


Here below comes the list of players received individual awards:
1. Best Scorer: No. 14 Mohammad Soleimani (Iran)
2. Best Spiker: No. 9 Roman Danilov (Russia)
3. Best Blocker: No. 12 Danilo Cruz de Carvalho (Brazil)
4. Best Server: No. 7 Alexei Ostapenko (Russia)
5. Best Digger: No. 12 Edgardo Hernandez (Puerto Rico)
6. Best Setter: No. 2 Kamaraj S. Ramaswamy (India)
7. Best Receiver: No. 5 Moslem Mohammadizadeh (Iran)


Final rankings released by the organizing committee of the 8th World Boys' Under-19 Championships are:

1. Brazil 2. India 3. Iran 4. Czech Republic 5. Russia 6. Thailand 7. Puerto Rico 8. Australia 9. China, Egypt, Italy, Netherlands 13. Venezuela, Slovakia, Poland, Morocco

On July 5, the matches started after a grand opening ceremony in the presence of Thailand's 21st Prime Minister Banharn Silapa-Archa in the Silapa-Archa Gymnasium.

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