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Russia repeat as world champions



Russia, winners of the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship in Japan

Tokyo, Japan, November 14, 2010 – Led by a tournament equalling game-high 35 points by tournament Most Valuable Player Ekaterina Gamova, Russia won their second straight FIVB Women's World Championship title by defeating Olympic champions Brazil in a five-set marathon 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 15-11) to win the gold medal in front of a full house of 12,000 fans at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday.

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 World Championship medal in the past six editions.

For world No. 1 Brazil it is their third World Championship final with three silver medals to show for it while Russia boast an amazing record of medaling in every edition apart from 1967 (when they did not compete) and 1982 and 1986 when they finished sixth on both occasions) for an overall record of seven gold, two silver and four bronze.

The game matched the atmosphere as every point and move was cheered, every block and every serve applauded as the match, the contest and the emotions all went down to the wire.

“It wasn't just about Volleyball today," Russia coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin said. “Brazil played very well, and both of us together could demonstrate the 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.

“Gamova isn't just one leader on the team, she was able to grab the chances she had throughout the match. We had three or four young players who didn't have a lot of experience, more than just being about sport, today it was about our will to win."

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. The hosts, ranked 5th in the world, played extraordinary Volleyball to win their first FIVB Women's World Championship medal since claiming silver at the 1978 edition in Russia, and impressed many considering they were coming off a 3-2 semifinal defeat at the hands of Brazil on Saturday. It was Japan's first World Championship bronze medal having three gold and three silver already to their name. For world No. 2 USA it was the first time they finish fourth at the FIVB World Championships and the 2010 World Grand Prix champions will no doubt be disappointed they couldn't add to their two silver and bronze medals.

In other results
Playoff for 5th - Italy beat Turkey 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-21)
Playoff for 7th - Germany beat Serbia 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23)
Playoff for 9th - Poland beat China 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-23)
Playoff for 11th - Netherlands beat Cuba 3-0 (32-30, 25-23, 25-17).

Individual Best Player Awards
Most Valuable Player: Ekaterina Gamova (RUS)
Top Scorer: Neslihan Darnel (TUR)
Best Server: Maret Grothues (NED)
Best Spiker: Tatiana Kosheleva (RUS)
Best Blocker: Christiane Fürst (GER)
Best Setter: Wei Qiuyue (CHN)
Best Libero: Stacy Sykora (USA)
Best Receiver: Logan Tom (USA)

Highest Scorer By Day
Day 1 (1st Rd): 28 points by Destinee Hooker (USA) in USA's 3-1 win over Thailand in Matsumoto
Day 2 (1st Rd): 35 points by Manon Flier (NED) in Italy's 3-2 win over the Netherlands in Hamamatsu
Day 3 (1st Rd): 27 points by Neslihan Darnel (TUR) in Turkey's 3-2 win over the Dominican Republic in Osaka
Day 4 (1st Rd): 34 points by Aneta Havlickova (CZE) in Czech Republic's 3-2 win over Italy in Hamamatsu
Day 5 (1st Rd): 29 points by Neslihan Darnel (TUR) in Korea's 3-2 win over Turkey in Osaka
Day 6 (2nd Rd): 28 points by Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale (POL) in Poland's 3-2 win over Korea in Tokyo
Day 7 (2nd Rd): 24 points by Destinee Hooker (USA) in Italy's 3-1 win over USA in Nagoya and by Yukiko Ebata (JPN) in Japan's 3-1 win over Turkey in Tokyo
Day 8 (2nd Rd): 22 points by Kenia Carcaces (CUB) in Cuba's 3-1 win over the Czech Republic in Nagoya
Day 9 (2nd Rd): 34 points by Kenia Carcaces (CUB) in Cuba's 3-2 win over Italy in Nagoya
Day 10 (Semifinals): 29 points by Yukiko Ebata (JPN) in Brazil's 3-2 win over Japan in Tokyo
Day 11 (Finals): 35 points by Ekaterina Gamova (RUS) in Russia's 3-2 win over Brazil in the final in Tokyo

Highest Set Score
35-33 (BRA v JPN in 1-4 semifinals) played on November 13 in Tokyo. * Women's World Championship record

Highest Scoring Matches
235 (BRA v JPN in 1-4 semifinals) 3-2 (22-25, 33-35, 25-22, 25-22, 15-11) played on November 13 in Tokyo
235 (CZE v ITA in 1st Round) 3-2 (25-27, 27-29, 25-23, 25-22, 17-15) played on November 2 in Hamamatsu
231 (ITA v CUB in 2nd Round) 2-3 (25-16, 24-26, 25-21, 23-25, 22-24) played on November 10 in Nagoya
220 (POL v JPN in 1st Round) 2-3 (28-26, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 12-15) played on October 29 in Tokyo
218 (NED v ITA in 1st Round) 2-3 (25-18, 21-25, 23-25, 28-26, 12-15) played on October 30 in Hamamatsu

Tournament Top Scorers
251 Neslihan Darnel (TUR)
240 Saori Kimura (JPN)
223 Ekaterina Gamova (RUS)
222 Kenia Carcaces (CUB)
219 Destinee Hooker (USA)