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Last shot at victory for Venezuela

 
Tokyo, Japan, June 4, 2016 - Iran secured their first ever Olympic quota on Saturday, while for Venezuela the match against the Asian team is the last chance to win at least one game at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tokyo.

Head-to-head
• Iran won the previous encounter with Venezuela at the World Olympic Qualification. In Tokyo in 2012, Iran defeated Venezuela in straight sets.
• Their most recent meeting came at the 2015 World Cup when Iran won in straight sets.

Iran
• Iran have qualified for their first ever Olympic Games after their 3-1 win against Poland.
• Iran will be the fifth team representing the AVC at the Olympic Games, after Australia, China, Japan and Korea.
• Iran can win three successive matches at the World Olympic Qualification tournament for the third time after 2008-2012 and 2012-2016.
• Only Antonin Rouzier (FRA, 113) and Thomas Edgar (AUS, 103) have scored more points at the 2016 World Olympic Qualification tournament in Tokyo than Shahram Mahmoudi (96).
• Seyed Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi is the best blocker in the competition with an average by set of 1.00.

Venezuela 
• Venezuela have lost all of their six matches at the World Olympic Qualification tournament and have failed to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio.
• At their last three participations at the World Olympic Qualification tournament (2000, 2004 and 2012), Venezuela won at least one match.
• Venezuela's last match was a tight five-setter against France, winning two sets in a single match for the first time this tournament. 
• Kervin Martin Piñeda Urbina (75) is the only Venezuelan player to have scored more than 45 points this tournament.

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