Argentina secures Olympic berth


Argentina topped the South America Olympic Qualification Tournament to book a ticket for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

The competion also featured Chile, Colombia, and hosts Venezuela.

The victors swept the single-round robin tournament, including a hard-fought win over the Venezuelans in the last day of competition, 25-12, 22-25, 25-12, 25-27, 15-12.

The Ezequiel Palacios-led Argentinian quad now joins hosts Brazil, World Cup winner USA and runner-up Italy, to try to vie for the prestigious gold medal.

Runners-up Venezuela and Chile also earned their respective spot for the World Olympic Qualification Tournament which will be held in Japan.


FINAL TEAM STANDINGS

Gold Argentina

Silver Venezuela

Bronze Chile

4th Colombia


ALL STAR TEAM

Most Valuable Player Sebastian Gervert (CHI)

Best Outside Hitters Facundo Conte (ARG) and Ezequiel Palacios (ARG)

Best Middle Blockers Sebastián Solé (ARG) and Iván Márquez (VEN)

Best Opposite Spiker Kervin Pinerua (VEN)

Best Setter Luciano De Cecco (ARG)

Best Libero Facundo Santucci (ARG)


October 9, Friday
Argentina v Colombia 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-13)
Chile v Venezuela 2-3 (18-25, 21-25, 25-20, 27-25)
October 10, Saturday
Argentina v Chile 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-19)
Venezuela v Colombia 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 23-25, 31-29)
October 11, Sunday
Colombia v Chile 2-3 (36-34, 20-25, 18-25, 30-28, 10-15)
Venezuela v Argentina 2-3 (25-12, 22-25, 25-12, 25-17, 15-12)


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