James Diamond Sunday, 22 July 2018
Paralympic gold medallists Iran have become the 2018 men’s Sitting Volleyball World Champions as well after beating Bosnia and Herzegovina in straight sets at The Hague today.
The match, which was a repeat of the Paralympic Games final in Rio de Janeiro two years ago, finished 25-18, 25-13, 25-20 at the Luxor Theater.
Ukraine took the bronze by beating Brazil in an epic play-off for third which saw two of the three sets go into overtime.
The Europeans managed to prevail in all three to take the win, but Brazil pushed them all the way, with the final score reading 28-26, 25-23, 27-25.
Elsewhere on the day Egypt, winners of the bronze medals at Rio 2016, could only manage sixth today after they lost to Russia in a match to establish fifth place.
That game also ended in straight sets 25-21, 25-22, 25-13.
The first match of the day meanwhile saw China play the United States to finalise seventh and eighth place.
China won 25-21, 25-21, 25-21.