Iran edges past France to win first world medal

Iran edges past France to win first world medal ... 17/09/2017 Sports

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A cutthroat meet sees Iran beating France to get the country its first FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup medal.
The 3-2 clash (38-36, 25-23, 22-25, 25-27, 15-11) took place at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Sunday, landing Iran in the tournament’s third place.
Amir Ghafour topped the scorers with 24 points. Four other Iranian players also scored in double digits: Seyyed Mohammed Moussavi, 20, Mohammad-Javad Ma’navi-Nezhad, 19, and Milad Ebadipour and Saman Fa’ezi, who each scored 12.
Iran coach Igor Kolakovic said, “It was a very interesting and high-quality volleyball game. I’m so happy because we finished with a victory. After the game between USA and Italy, we knew we already had the bronze medal, so I asked the players if they wanted to play or not. They told me they wanted to play to win because they wanted to finish the tournament with a victory. So that makes me happy.”
On Saturday, Iran came back from behind against Japan to win the game 3-1. Ghafour again was the leading scorer for Iran with 23 points.
The 2017 tournament is the seventh edition of the quadrennial games, which is organized by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB). Iran ranked fourth in the last edition.
The games featured six teams, which had been playing each other since September 12.
On Sunday, Brazil was playing Japan for the first place.
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