Women’s team earns bid to London GamesThe women’s volleyball team advanced to the Olympics for the first time in eight years after finishing second at the London Olympic World Qualification Tournament in Tokyo yesterday.
With eight nations (Korea, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Russia, Cuba, Serbia and Peru) entering the event, the team needed to finish in the top three or in front of the other Asian countries.
While Russia already clinched the top spot with seven straight wins, Korea beat Peru 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-21) and wrapped up the campaign with five wins and two losses to take second place.
Korea already confirmed its birth to the Olympics even before playing the final match against Peru since the nation had the advantage in set differential compared to fourth placed Thailand, who lost one set against Cuba earlier yesterday.
Led by coach Kim Hyung-sil, the team won against Cuba, but lost to Russia and Serbia.
However, the team bounced back by beating hosts Japan on last Wednesday. It was first time in eight years that Korea won against Japan, ending its 22-match losing streaks.