China’s young women’s volleyball team overcame a surging Serbian side on Saturday in four sets to take their country’s third Olympic gold medal in the sport.
Serbia was competing for the first time for an Olympic medal and had beaten China in the preliminary round, but the Asian powerhouse prevailed in the final by 19-25 25-17 25-22 25-23.
The United States won bronze earlier on Saturday after beating the Netherlands, a consolation for the world’s top-ranked team in their pursuit of an elusive gold.
China, coached by former top player Lang Ping, last won the gold medal in Athens in 2004. They won their first gold in Los Angeles in 1984 when Lang was on the team.
“Before the tournament, we never thought we could win the gold,” Lang, who coached the United States to a silver medal in 2008, told reporters after the match. “I think we were lucky.” Read More