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PRC women recapture gold after last winning Olympics in 2004


08-21-2016 15:42 BJT

Full coverage: 2016 Rio Olympics

To begin  in Brazil with Day 15 of the Rio Olympics, and the Chinese women's volleyball team facing Serbia in the final. The ladies coached by Lang Ping came into this match looking to add Olympic glory to the World Cup they claimed last year.


China's players celebrate after the women's gold medal match of Volleyball against Serbia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 20, 2016. China won the gold medal. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

China reaching the women's volleyball final for the first time since winning it all, at the 2004 Games, but unable to handle the strong smashes of the Serbians in the opening set, losing it 25-18.

The PRC would bounce back in the second by playing more aggressively. A Serbian spiker touches the net on the final point of the set, as China claim it 25-17 to level the match at 1-ALL.

And China would pull ahead midway through the third set as Zhu Ting catches the line with a strong spike to make it 18-11.

On set point, Serbia would fail to handle the serve, as China win 25-22 and grab a 2-1 lead.

The fourth set would be another tight affair, as the PRC look to close it out with more powerful blasts.

On match point, Serbia would over-pass their return, and captain Hui Ruoqi provides the finishing spike to complete a thrilling 3-1 victory, as China claim their third Olympic gold in women's volleyball.

"I think all the difficulties are part of the competition. We had a tough schedule with games starting anywhere from 9 AM to 10 PM. But everyone handled it, and hung on to the last minute. She who laughs last, laughs best," said Lang Ping.

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