China claim fourth historic gold at Girls’ U18 World Championship

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August 5, 2013, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand (ISN) – China captured their fourth gold medal at the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship with a straight sets win over the USA 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) in the final match at the Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday.

It was a record fourth gold medal for China participating for the ninth time in this age category. Having won one more title than Brazil, China added to their previous wins in 2001, 2003 and 2007. It was also their fifth overall medal in the competition. The USA’s silver medal was its best performance so far in the eight times they have participated in the competition. Their previous best was the fourth position in 2003 and 2005.

Brazil maintained their position on the podium with a bronze medal after a straight sets victory over Peru 3-0 (25-29, 25-12, 25-23, 25-12).

Brazil, the only team to participate in every edition of the U18 World Championship so far, got their second bronze medal (their first was in 2003) following three gold medal wins in 1997, 2005 and 2009 and four silver medal wins in 1989, 1991, 1999 and 2001.

Japan finished fifth following a thrilling five setter against Serbia, while Poland claim seventh place with a win against the Dominican Republic.

Mr Somporn Chaibabangyang (Thailand’s Minister of Sport) and members of the FIVB Control Committee including Mr Theofanis Tsiokris were present at the award ceremony.

Gold Medal match

China v USA 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-23)

China won the gold medal at the Girls’ Under18 World Championship beating USA in straight sets (25-16, 25-21, 25-23) in 68 minutes at the Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Xinyue Yuan scored 16 points as her team’s best scorer, followed by Yunlu Wang with 14.

China put early and consistent pressure on the Americans, who struggled to get into the match. China dominated from the start of the match with their quick attacks using centers Xinyue Yuan and Hu Mingyuan. They blocked well and sent their attacks away from the USA blockers to win the first set by a wide margin, 25-16.

The US had trouble with their defence even at the start of the second set and could not apply their attacking strategy. China took the lead, but the USA came back when setter Jordyn Poulter did some good work in setting for her teammates. China’s coach fielded substitute center Yuanyuan Wang as they took the second set 25-21.

The US committed a number of errors in reception and attacks in the third set although their spikers did manage some success. But China served very well, allowing them to maintain their pressure and the lead throughout the set to 20-15. The USA tried to save the match, but with a quick attack from Xinyue Yuan the job was completed and China claimed the gold medal.