Canada, Czech Republic and Russia claim Olympic tickets in Sochi


The winners of the last four tickets for the Rio Olympic Games

Sochi, Russia, July 10, 2016 – The Russian and Canadian men and the Czech and Russian women claimed the four remaining berths for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August. The four countries won the deciding semifinal matches at the FIVB World Continental Cup on Sunday in Sochi.

Host country Russia defeated Belgium 2-0 in the men’s semifinal. Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin beat Bob Douwen and Aljosa Urnaut 21-17, 21-18 and Dmitri Barsouk and Nikita Liamin booked a 21-16, 19-21, 15-12 win over Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle.

The federation will decide later on which team will travel to the Olympics. This team will join Brouwer/Meeuwsen (NED), Kantor/Losiak (POL) and Böckermann/Flüggen (GER) in pool B.

The Canadian men beat Venezuela 2-1. Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter lost 2-1 (13-21, 21-19, 15-13) to Rolando ‘Peter’ Hernandez and Jose ‘Tigrito’ Gomez. Sam Pedlow and Grant O’Gorman then defeated Jesus Villafane and Jackson Henriquez 2-0 (21-15, 21-12) in the second match and Hernandez and Henriquez 15-11 in the golden set.

The two teams will decide in a play-off on July 16 who gets the Olympic ticket. The winning team completes pool A with Alison/Bruno (BRA), Carambula/Ranghieri (ITA) and Doppler/Horst (AUT).

The Czech women also needed a golden set to win against China. Kristyna Kolocova and Michala Kvapilova lost 2-1 (21-19, 20-22, 15-11) to Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia. Marketa Slukova and Barbora Hermannova won both the second match versus ChunXia Chen and Ningya Tang (21-12, 21-13) and the golden set against Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia (15-12).

Slukova and Hermannova will represent the Czech Republic in Rio, the federation had already decided upfront. The Czech girls will complete pool B at the Olympics, with Agatha/Barbara (BRA), Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez (ESP) and Ana Gallay/Georgina Klug (ARG).

The Russian women defeated Austria 2-1. Ekaterina Birlova and Nadia Makroguzova won 2-0 (21-17, 21-10) against Katharina Schützenhöfer and Lena Plesiutschnig, but Evgenia Ukolova and Anastasia Barsuk lost 2-1 (15-21, 21-17, 15-12) to Stefanie Schwaiger and Barbara Hansel. In the golden set Birlova and Ukolova teamed up to defeat Schwaiger and Hansel 15-3.

The federation needs to decide who will join Talita/Larissa (BRA), Brzostek/Kolosinska (POL) and Fendrick/Sweat (USA) in pool A.