IRAN REIGN SUPREME AFTER 3-0 DEMOLITION OF KOREA IN FINAL SHOWDOWN
Manama, Bahrain, July 28, 2018 – Iran captured their sixth Asian title as the star-studded side brushed off Korea in comfortable straight sets 25-22 25-14 25-18 in the final showdown of the 19th Asian Men’s U20 Volleyball Championship at Isa Sport City Hall on Saturday.
The scintillating win has stretched the Iran’s aura of invincibility to six times in history. The Iranians won their debut Asian Men’s U20 title in 1998 on home soil in Tehran and repeated the same feat in 2002 at the same place. Iran later won it two times in a row in 2006 and 2008. Their fifth title came in 2014 in Manama, Bahrain and reclaimed the title this time after losing their crown to eventual winners China at the previous edition in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei two years ago.
This time in Manama, Iran reigned supreme with an incredible unbeaten record. Their record of six victories in the Asian Men’s U20 title also met the Korea’s achievement. Korea won it in 1980, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1994 and 2004.
For Iran, this win over Korea was a repeated feat as they had already beaten the old foes in the Pool A preliminaries earlier. Throughout the tournament, Iran, which fielded seven players who joined the team which captured the world crown at the last year’s FIVB Men’s U19 World Championship, lost only one set to Thailand in the semi-final clash, while Korea picked up silver medal after registering four victories over China, Pakistan, Australia, and Iraq against two losses to Iran.
“In this tournament, we learned to fight up till the last moment, till the last sweat. Our next mission will be the Men’s U21 World Championship which we have to practice a lot because it is a very important tournament for us,” Iran head coach Behrouz Ataei commented.
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