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Volleyball: Russia regain crown, Japan take bronze

Led by 35 points from the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Ekaterina Gamova, Russia won their second straight FIVB Women’s World Championship title, defeating Olympic champions Brazil 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 15-11) in a five-set marathon to win the gold medal in front of a full house of 12,000 fans at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday, fivb.org informs. In a repeat of the 2006 final won by Russia also in five sets, the most successful team in the history of the FIVB Women’s World Championship won their seventh crown overall, and sixth medal in the past six editions. For world No.1 Brazil, this latest final defeat brings their third World Championship silver medal. “It wasn’t just about Volleyball today,” Russia coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin said. “Brazil played very well, and both of us together could demonstrate a great quality of Volleyball. I’m very thrilled that we could win, and I’m very happy for my team. This wasn’t only about sport today, it was about character”. Earlier, Japan upset second-ranked USA in a thrilling five-set match 3-2 (18-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 15-8) to win the bronze.

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