Volleyball: Jenny Lang leads China to World Cup win, Rio 2016
- Updated: September 7, 2015
September 7, 2015: Jenny Lang Ping led China to their fourth FIVB Women’s World Cup title and a place in the Rio Olympic Games with a 3-1 victory over hosts Japan on Sunday and a 10-1 win-loss record.
Serbia also clinched a ticket to Brazil after holding off Argentina 3-2 in a five-set thriller to secure second place in the 12-team round-robin tournament.
China defeated Japan 25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22 in front of over 7,000 spectators at the Nippongaishi Hall to finish with 30 points from 10 wins and a loss.
After finishing runner-up as coach of China and USA at the 1996 and 2008 Olympics and the World Championship in 1998 and 2014, Lang won gold at a major international tournament for the first time in her coaching career.
It was the first World Cup title for the Chinese women in 12 years, with their most recent success coming in 2003 when Chen Zhonghe was in charge. China previously won back-to-back World Cup titles in 1981 and 1985 when Lang was playing.
Tijana Boskovic recorded 24 kills, five blocks and an ace to help Serbia earn their Rio 2016 Olympic Games ticket after they defeated Argentina 3-2 (25-16, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 15-4) at the Park Arena Komaki on Sunday.
Source: http://worldcup.2015.women.fivb.com/en; Editing by SportAsia