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Tokyo Olympics: France outlast ROC to win first men’s volleyball gold

France's players celebrate their victory in the men's gold medal volleyball match between France and Russia during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on August 7, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

France have made history by winning their first Olympic title in their 5th appearance, after outlasting a 5-set marathon against the Russian Olympic Committee. 

France got off to a perfect start by taking the first 2 sets. But the ROC fought back and tied the match at 2-sets-apeice. The Roosters then got the match point at 14-12 in the tie break before an unsuccessful attack from the Russians triggered their celebration as it went out of bounds at 15-12.

Earvin N'Gapeth led the scoring for France with 21 points, the same as Maksim Mikhaylov in the losing effort. They are now to defend their title 3 years from now, at Paris 2024.


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