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Former Chinese star leads US win

Jenny Lang Ping (right)
Lang received a great reception from the Chinese crowd

Former China player Jenny Lang Ping coached her United States side to a 3-2 win over her old team to earn the US a place in volleyball's quarter-finals.

The US lie second in Group A following their 23-25 25-22 23-25 25-20 15-11 victory over the Olympic champions.

Group leaders Cuba beat Japan 3-0 while Brazil and Italy recorded 3-0 victories over Kazakhstan and Serbia respectively to take the Group B title to the wire.

Poland beat Venezuela 25-12 25-12 25-20 for their first Group A victory.

Chinese President Hu Jintau was present for China's defeat to the US.

Lang helped lead the Chinese team to international prominence as a player as they won the gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, and was met by thunderous applause when her name was announced.

But Lang's US team soon quietened the crowd, levelling their 2-1 set deficit after a Chinese error and gaining momentum in the fifth to earn the win.


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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forBrazil 1 1 0 2
Men 0 1 0
Women 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forUSA 1 1 0 2
Men 1 0 0
Women 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forChina 0 0 1 1
Women 0 0 1
4 also show each event results forRussia 0 0 1 1
Men 0 0 1

see also
US reach volleyball quarter-final
14 Aug 08 |  Volleyball
Alan Wills blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics


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