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China and Australia to clash in tough race for Rio


Tokyo, Japan, June 3, 2016 - China and Australia are among the teams that still have decent chances at qualifying for Rio from the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo, but losing one more match would seriously damage these chances.

• China and Australia last met at the World Olympic Qualification tournament in Tokyo in 2012 when Australia won in straight sets.
• They also met at the World Olympic Qualification tournaments in 1996 and 2004. In 1996, China won 3-0 while Australia won in straight sets in 2004.
• They met at the 2015 Asian Championship when China claimed the victory in straight sets.

• China lost their last two matches at the World Olympic Qualification tournament against Poland (3-2) and Iran (3-2). They could lose three in a row in this tournament for the first time this century.
• In total, China have won two and lost three matches at the tournament this year. At the 2012 World Olympic Qualification tournament they lost four of their seven matches and failed to qualify. 
• Chen Zhang has scored most points for China this tournament (65).

• Australia could book their first consecutive victories at the 2016 World Olympic Qualification tournament after they beat hosts Japan in straight sets on Thursday. 
• In their last three participations at the World Olympic Qualification tournament (2004-2008-2012), Australia won at least three of their seven matches. They currently are on two wins in Tokyo.
• Only France's Antonin Rouzier (96) has scored more points at this tournament than Thomas Edgar (82).


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