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Japan men, China women qualify for 2016 Olympics

Japan men's team have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In the final round of the Asia qualification tournament in Kunshan, the Japanese defeated China 16-10 to claim a historic participation for the first time in 32 years. Japan's last was at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Third place in the qualification tournament went to Kazakhstan, ahead of Iran who finished 4th. Saudi Arabia closed out in 5th. Japan rolled past Saudi Arabia (31-1) and Iran (23-2) but had a tough encounter with Kazakhstan who were narrowly defeated 9-8 before the final round confirmed the gold medal.
China's Zhang Chufeng was awarded Most Valuable Player while also earning top scoring honours. Best goalkeeper was Japan's Tanamura Katsuyuki.

The women's tournament, just a 2-game duel between China and Japan saw the home team claiming participation after two wins over Japan: 14-8 and 9-6. China's Yang Jun received the Most Valuable Player trophy while Zhao Zihan led all scorers after the 2 games.


2016 Olympic Games
Asia Qualification Tournament
Kunshan, China

Men's competition

Final


Japan vs. China 16-10 (6-2, 2-4, 3-1, 5-3)

Women's competition

Game 1
China vs. Japan 14-8

Game 2
China vs. Japan 9-6

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