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Russian men will be at the Athens Olympics
The Russian men and German women Saturday won spots in this summer's volleyball tournament at the Athens Olympics. Russia beat the Netherlands 25-19, 25-17, 25-16 Saturday in the final of the men's European qualifying tournament in Leipzig, Germany. The German women downed Turkey 25-22, 25-16, 25-7 in the final of their European qualifier in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Russians did not drop a set in going undefeated in the eight-team tournament. Already set for Athens are Brazil, Serbia-Montenegro, Italy and host Greece, an automatic qualifier. Final qualifying tournaments to complete the 12-team field in Athens will be held in May in Spain, Portugal and Japan. In the women's event, world champion Italy and Russia failed to make the finals but will get another chance to compete for an Olympic berth in the world qualifying tournament in May in Japan. That will decide the last four spots for the 12-team event. The United States, Brazil, China, Cuba and Greece already are in the Olympic tournament.
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