China takes gold at Women’s World Super 614.05.2018
Hosts beat Russia 3-2 in the final of the sitting volleyball international competition
China claimed gold on home soil at the second edition of the Women´s World Super 6 after defeating reigning champions Russia* 3-2 (29-27, 25-12, 27-29, 18-25, 15-13) in a thrilling final, held in the city of Chengdu.
This international competition gathered six of the world´s best female teams, with China, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine competing.
The hosts kicked off the event with victory against Russia 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-14) and followed that up with triumphs over Indonesia 3-0 (25-6, 25-9, 25-3), Ukraine 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-10), Japan 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-9) and Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-8, 25-9, 25-6) to qualify for the gold-medal match.
Ukraine secured bronze after beating Japan 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-18), while Indonesia defeated Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 26-24) to finish in fifth place.
Despite being unable to lead her team to gold, Ukraine´s Elina Bezprozvanna was selected Most Valuable Player.
Iran had also been crowned champions on home soil at the Men´s World Super 6 held in the city of Tabriz, last month.
*Editor's note: The International Paralympic Committee suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on 7 August 2016 for its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code (to which it is also a signatory). As a result of the suspension, Russian athletes cannot enter IPC sanctioned events or competitions, including the Paralympic Games.