France, the team that lost to the United States in the men’s volleyball Olympics in Tokyo, won again on Thursday and will play for the gold medal.
France, who went 3-2 and finished fourth in Pool B, did it again on Thursday with a win against Argentina, two days after beating Poland in the five-man quarter-finals. At the start of the tournament, Argentina beat France in five in their Pool B match.
Now France are playing against ROC after the Russians beat Brazil in a foursome.
The gold medal game will take place on Friday at 8:15 p.m. Eastern Tim in the Ariaka Arena. The bronze medal game is at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.
France won 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 as Trevor Clevenot had 14 kills, Earvin Ngapeth 12 and Jean Patry 11 with two aces and two blocks. Barthelemy Chinenyeze had four blocks.
Facundo Conte led Argentina with 12 kills and Bruno Lima had eight.
In the first semifinals, ROC, who were 4-1 with Brazil at the top of Pool B, defeated Brazil in their first encounter on July 28th. Then they won on Thursday 18-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-23.
Maxim Mikhaylov led ROC with 20 kills. Egor Kljuka had 14, and Ivan Iakovlev had nine and three blocks.
“We were really concerned about the first sentence,” said Mikhaylov. “Compare Russia with Brazil. You have a lot of experience in the Olympics. You are the defending gold medalist. But we have developed a mindset that Brazil is not as dangerous as it seems and we can do it. We made a lot of substitutions and they definitely helped. “
The Russians do not compete as Russians, of course, but as the Russian Olympic Committee.
“It’s not comfortable. I wish we could see the Russian flag and hear the Russian anthem, ”Mikhailov admitted.
“But we should also appreciate and be grateful that we are at the Olympic Games. Deep down we have the feeling that we are playing for Russia and not for the Russian Olympic Committee. “