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Volleyball: France and Austraila qualified for Olympic, Japan defeats South Korea

Tokyo, May 30, Kyodo/OANA/IRNA -- Japan, which has already seen its dream of an Olympic berth shattered, walked away winners in a tight match against South Korea on the final day of the Athens Olympics men's world qualifying tournament on Sunday.

The host ended a 10-game losing streak to South Korea for its first victory against its arch-rival in three years, winning the match 25-20, 25-21, 25-23 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Japan, which quickly set the pace taking leads of 11-8 and 18-13 in the first set, finished the tournament in sixth place with a 2-5 record while South Korea (1-6) came seventh.

While first-place France won all seven of its matches to book a spot at this summer's games, Australia claimed an Olympic berth as the top Asian team based on point percentage though it had an identical 5-2 record with third-place China.

France pummeled winless Algeria 3-0 while China defeated fourth-place Canada (4-3) in straight sets. Iran (4-3) was fifth while Algeria (0-7) came last.

Only the overall winner and the best Asian team from the eight-team competition qualified for Athens.

... Payvand News - 5/30/04 ... --

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