Russia pleased with bronze despite aiming higher


Russia's Vladimir Khromenkov, Anton Semyshev and Nikolaev Mikhail after victory over Brazil

Brno, Czech Republic, July 2, 2017 – The Russians are happy to have won the bronze medals at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship despite having higher goals at the beginning, it became clear fro, what the coach and the captain said after the third place match with Brazil.

Vladimir Khromenkov, coach of Russia: “Today’s match was not too difficult because yesterday Brazil played a very long and hard match. Unfortunately, we did not fight for the gold medal, but the bronze is also very important to us and we are happy to have won it.”

Konstantin Abaev, captain of Russia: “We are really happy for the victory. It is s great success for us after yesterday’s sad result. Brazil produced many more mistakes than us today and that decided the match.”

Nery Pereira Tambeiro Junior, coach of Brazil: “We played eight matches and in seven we gave our maximum. We are upset to have lost the medal.”

Matheus Goncalves Silva, captain of Brazil: “It was a bad day. I am sure we tried everything. Congratulations to Russia! The feeling is bad - we lost the bronze medal, but it happens.”


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