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Australia face world champs with minds set on Rio


Tokyo, Japan, June 4, 2016 - By the beginning of their last match at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo, Australia will already know what exactly they need to achieve against already qualified Poland in order to book a ticket to Rio. However, they should have their minds set on a straight-set win, because that would certainly send them to the Olympics, regardless of any other results.

• The most recent meeting between these teams came at the 2015 World Cup when Poland won in straight sets en route to their bronze medal.
• Poland also recorded a straight sets win in the first round of the 2014 World Championship.
• These teams met at the last Olympic Games in London when Australia won 3-1. 

• Australia, China and Canada will fight for the last ticket available at the Tokyo tournament for the Olympic Games.
• They were previously present at the Olympic Games of 2000 (8th), 2004 (11th) and 2012 (9th).
• Australia could win three successive World Olympic Qualification matches for the first time since winning the first three of 2012.
• Only France's Antonin Rouzier (113) has scored more points this tournament than Thomas Edgar (103).
• Luke Perry is the best digger in the competition with an average by set of 1.91.

• Poland lost their first match of the 2016 World Olympic Qualification tournament after a 3-1 defeat against Iran.
• Poland already qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio, their ninth participation in the tournament.
• Poland have not lost successive matches at the World Olympic Qualification tournament in the past 20 years.
• Bartosz Kurek (56.52 success rate) is the third-best spiker in the competition behind France's Antonin Rouzier (59.77%) and Canada's Gavin Schmitt (57.04%).
• Michal Kubiak is the best receiver in the competition with a success rate of 52.38%.


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